UK Yacht Surveyors' principal surveyor is Jonathan Massey, professionally trained at the world-renowned International Boatbuilding and Training College (IBTC), Lowestoft, where he passed with Distinction. An Accredited member of the Yacht Designers & Surveyors Association(YDSA), Member of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects (RINA), Full member of British Marine Surveyors Europe (BMSE) and Accredited Coding Surveyor for the YDSA and MECAL Certifying Authorities.

Jonathan is appointed by leading insurance companies to carry out Damage Surveys around the UK and Europe.

An ex-Royal Navy submarine navigator with over 35,000 miles experience skippering yachts, Jonathan has a commercially-endorsed Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate. With a degree in mechanical engineering, experience as a superyacht manager and many years running a large manufacturing business, Jonathan is able to provide professional and practical advice based on experience and good judgement, taking into account the client's experience and plans.


UK Yacht Surveyors is located on the south coast and can provide services throughout the UK, Europe and Worldwide through our network of qualified surveyors. All UK Yacht Surveyors hold professional indemnity insurance.

  • ‘I was stunned when I read your survey report. It is the best I have ever seen both in terms of content and presentation, at a completely different level to anything I have seen before and sets new standards for yacht surveyors’.
    - Paul Stevens, Fellow of YBDSA, Lead Instructor Practical Yacht Surveying Course IBTC Lowestoft, founding member of BMSE.
  • ‘The report is a masterpiece. A key feature is the clarity of the matters requiring immediate attention and those that are recommendations for the future. The whole report is succinct, detailed, and easy to refer back to because of the index and hyperlinking key sections’
    - Douglas Knowlden, Rival 41A owner.
  • ‘An example to us all…the hyperlink for recommendations and suggestions is brilliant… the appendices are very informative and completely relevant … you have gone more than the extra mile for your clients…’
    - Martin Evans, Fellow of YBDSA
  • ‘I have never seen a report like this before!! It is totally comprehensive and beyond what I was expecting’
    - Douglas Knowlden, Rival 41A owner.
  • 'A comprehensive and very timely report that gave me the overview I was looking for to make a decision on the purchase of my first boat with confidence and a solid basis for immediate repairs and future improvements. A very prompt and professional service.'
    - Steve Jones, BEng(Hons), MIET
  • ‘Jonathan produced the most thorough and professional survey report that I have seen. Every issue had a suggested solution, carefully thought through and categorised. A pleasure to deal with.’
    - Steve White, skipper Toe in the Water 2008/09 Vendée Globe
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