WHY CHOOSE US? — About Us and What We Can Do For You

Becoming a skilled small craft surveyor is much more than just attending training courses. The best professionals have extensive experience in the industry even prior to becoming surveyors. Training and time spent with other surveyors then builds existing skills. Regular Continuing Professional Development training ensures up to date industry practices are used. The very best professionals have a wide range of survey experiences and are active yachtsmen in their own right – just like ourselves.

AP Marine Surveys is an independent business using only qualified, skilled and appropriately experienced Small Craft Surveyors. Where necessary, specialists such as traditional timber boat builders are used to support the surveyor and help us to provide only the highest level of service to you.
In addition, we are finely placed with immediate access to a multitude of highly experienced fellow professional surveyors. If we haven’t seen a particular problem before, we almost certainly know someone who has!

We believe we offer the most comprehensive survey service at reasonable and cost effective prices. Post purchase advice is available absolutely free of charge.


Classic 23m schooner with a few structural issues is undergoing an initial code inspection.

We go the extra mile on behalf of our clients!

You will be offered a written contract, the chance to discuss and agree the survey scope in advance. You will receive prompt and courteous attention, a quotation and a detailed written report on completion. This report will typically include relevant photographs and categorised recommendations for repair action, which our clients tell us is very helpful. In addition, you will receive a verbal debrief (by telephone if you are unable to attend the survey) and follow up support which is free of charge.

For some surveys, mainly pre-purchase, it is preferable to include a short sea trial. This option will be discussed in advance and where both feasible and appropriate, will be arranged for you as a part of the inspection. You can even have the engine oil sampled and analysed by laboratory as a part of the engine checks.

We also offer to guide our clients through repairs and refits, offering guidance or a complete management service as requested. We have good contacts and can communicate effectively with a full range of Spanish based companies able to provide a wide range of yard services.

With recent clients from diverse countries such as Australia, Brazil, USA, Canada, Iceland, The Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Spain. Eire and of course Great Britain, AP Marine Surveys always puts the customers first.

The Principal Surveyor, Andy Petty, BSc. C.Eng.,  is an experienced and fully accredited British small craft surveyor. He is a qualified Chartered Marine Engineer and has been involved in all aspects of small vessel inspection and repair since 1972. He has been involved with vessels affected by the MCA Codes of Practice since their inception during the 1980’s.
Andy is based on mainland Spain but still regularly travels in UK, Italy & Europe at the request of clients.

Andy has the experience of several successful Atlantic crossings under sail including a single handed transatlantic (East to West) race crossing, followed immediately by a double handed return voyage. He has delivered modern luxury motor yachts over 2000 nm voyages and has user experience in most types of vessels.

In addition, as a (now retired)  RYA Yachtmaster Examiner Ocean for both Power and Sail, he has the hands-on “time in” as a small craft user, which all helps him ensure the inspection covers much more than just the obvious faults.