Small craft, leisure and commercial surveys

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Our principal surveyor, Steve Roberts, has served a recognised apprenticeship as a shipwright / boat-builder dealing mostly with steel and timber vessels.  After completing his apprenticeship Steve has worked in the marine industry continuously in various roles from hands on to design and project management, both at home and abroad.

In the early 1980’s he became involved with building large sail training vessels in timber and steel and he subsequently managed the project of building a replica timber pilot schooner  in Liverpool:  “The Spirit of Merseyside”.


Steve’s independent company S. Roberts Marine Ltd. has operated on Merseyside since 1985, initially building one-off bespoke sailing and power vessels in steel and GRP and since 1998 offering  a wide range of marine based services to the small craft community in the North West of England.


He has owned many vessels, from ribs and yachts to a large converted steel dumb barge, with a specific interest in historic timber vessels and he is currently in the process of restoring a 1911 Morecambe Bay Prawner. This enduring professional and personal involvement ensures that he is well placed to offer realistic solutions to possible problems encountered with small craft.





Steve has practised as a small craft surveyor since 1996 and while concentrating on marine surveying he continued in his technical education, gaining a Diploma in Marine Surveying with small craft accreditation and achieving membership of the two main surveying organisations in the United Kingdom (YDSA and IIMS). Both of these bodies insist on a high level of expertise and training before membership is granted.


In 2009 Steve was awarded the Leslie Oliver Trophy by the YDSA: this prestigious trophy is awarded to the individual member of the association who has made most progress and shown most promise and is voted upon by senior members of the association.


Members of the YDSA and the IIMS are obliged to undertake a programme of CPD (continuous professional development), to hold professional indemnity, public liability insurance and to adhere to the codes of practice laid down by each organisation.


Steve is also a longstanding member of the BMF (British Marine Federation) and the CBA (Canal Boatbuilders Association).





Operational Areas

The main area of operation for Marine Surveying is currently in the North West of England and North Wales and on request further afield.


With the close proximity of both Liverpool and Manchester airports we can offer, through cheap flights, services to The Netherlands and Portugal in particular and the rest of Europe in general.


We have extensive contacts in The Netherlands and with our wide network of contacts there and with our fluency in the Dutch language we are able to offer a unique service.


Our marine surveying services in Portugal cover the whole of the country, from our base situated in the Alentejo, allowing easy access to the Algarve, the West coast, Lisbon and further North when required. We currently spend 2-3 months each year in Portugal so with prior planning we can offer a cost effective solution to surveys in this area.