Over 35 years of professional experience in marine and aerospace industries.

A bespoke advanced international marine surveying service specializing in composite built structures.

Advanced NDT technology and traditional marine surveying methods are used.

UK Europe and International marine surveys inspections are carried out on sailing yachts, motor yachts, machinery, and components.

Accredited NDT Marine Surveyor.

NDT inspections and consultancy are conducted to aerospace standards in accordance with EN 4179.

Marine surveys are to Lloyd's certified standards.

Award winner from the UK Department for Innovation in composites.

European Yacht Surveyors Association Member.

 
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SURVEYS

 

Pre - Purchase The pre-purchase full condition survey is the most comprehensive type of survey and is carried out for the purchaser when purchasing a yacht. A full condition survey provides a full appraisal of the vessels structures, build quality and all equipment.

 

Structural Insurance The structural insurance yacht survey may be used when a full condition survey is considered unnecessary. For Instance when the vessel is nearly new or when equipment and /or machinery have been separately inspected or not required to be inspected. It can also be required by insurance companies when insurance renewal is requested for a yacht.

Damage A damage survey is carried out to assess the extent of damage sustained in all respects to a vessel after an incident. It is most important that all defects are discovered before reaching a settlement with a third party or insurance company. When there is major damage, it is advisable for the owner to engage a surveyor even though the insurance company may appoint their own surveyor.

 

New Build Pre-delivery inspections for new yachts as part of a vessel handover from the chosen manufacturer to the client. This can be undertaken as either a one-off process at the end of build (to include sea trials) or when each stage payment is due. This service is also available for older vessels.

Sea Trials Only so much can be assessed statically or ashore and there are significant benefits of a sea trial to reinforce the findings or recommendations from the survey inspection. Sea trials are carried out on sailing yachts and motor yachts.

 

Components Components inspections can be carried out to confirm everything on board is working correctly before a vessel leaves a refit yard or manufactures and before a handover is completed.

 
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ADVANCED  NDT

 

NDT stands for non-destructive testing, it is a way of testing without destroying a component or structure. The component or structure can continue to be used and that the non-destructive testing method has done no harm. In today's world where new materials are being developed, older materials and bonding methods are being subjected to higher pressures and loads, NDT ensures that materials can continue to operate to their highest capacity with the assurance that they will not fail within predetermined time limits. NDT can be used to ensure the quality right from the raw material stage through fabrication and processing to pre-service and in-service inspection. Harwood Marine surveys carry out NDT inspections on sailing yachts, motor yachts, components, and machinery.

 

Thermal Imaging 3D/IR Thermography is a non-contact technology that measures or “sees” infrared wavelengths emitted from objects, and then converts the temperature information into an image. The image features a color palette that represents a temperature range of the image displayed. Hot spots or a rise in temperature often indicate problems or potential failure. Thermal imagers are fully radiometric by measuring and storing temperatures at every point in the image.

 

Ultrasound When a sound wave strikes an object or material, it bounces back, or echoes. In an ultrasound examination, a transducer both sends the sound waves into the material and receives the echoing waves. When the transducer is pressed against the material, it directs small pulses of inaudible, high-frequency sound waves into the material. Ultrasound ABC scan is used on metallic, composite structures and components.

Dye Penetrant The principle of liquid penetrant testing is that the liquid penetrant is drawn into the surface-breaking crack by capillary action and excess surface penetrant is then removed; a developer (typically a dry powder) is then applied to the surface, to draw out the penetrant in the crack and produce a surface indication.

 

Ultraviolet Light UV Inspection lights are used in Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) for fluorescing fluorescent magnetic inks and fluorescent dye penetrants. UV light or black light with a peak wavelength of 365nm creates the optimal viewing conditions to highlight any anomalies present in composites and metallic components.

 
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 REVIEWS

 
 

36.41m SUPERYACHT

Refit Surveys - Key stage Inspections - Sea Trials    18 month refit, key stage inspections and sea trials were completed. Graham has a very wide knowledge on yacht consulting and survey work. Together with his thermal imaging he brings a lot of added value to the end product.

Refit Surveys - Key stage Inspections - Sea Trials

18 month refit, key stage inspections and sea trials were completed. Graham has a very wide knowledge on yacht consulting and survey work. Together with his thermal imaging he brings a lot of added value to the end product.

 

SWEDEN 54 CARBON

Pre-Purchase Sea Trials    I was looking for a surveyor for a pre-purchase survey and sea trial for a Sweden 54 Carbon. I found and contacted Graham of Harwood Marine Surveys. Graham did a great job, answered all my questions and supported me perfectly in all aspects of the survey, sea trial and repair / maintenance work on the boat. The survey was very comprehensive and included thermography of the hull and all structural parts of the boat, checking of all electronic equipment, rigging (stepping up the mast) and the machinery. To identify any problems with the engine, generator and hydraulics Graham obtained oil analysis to see what was going on inside (to be honest I never heard of that before). During the sea trial all the equipment was tested again, the rigging and a second thermography of all ‘high stress’ areas under load was done. Finally, I’m very happy that the boat performed well and was in perfect condition. Thanks to the extensive survey I bought the boat with good confidence. There were different things to organize after the closing and Graham was still available as a very qualified contact. To make a long story short: 100 % recommendation!

Pre-Purchase Sea Trials

I was looking for a surveyor for a pre-purchase survey and sea trial for a Sweden 54 Carbon. I found and contacted Graham of Harwood Marine Surveys. Graham did a great job, answered all my questions and supported me perfectly in all aspects of the survey, sea trial and repair / maintenance work on the boat. The survey was very comprehensive and included thermography of the hull and all structural parts of the boat, checking of all electronic equipment, rigging (stepping up the mast) and the machinery. To identify any problems with the engine, generator and hydraulics Graham obtained oil analysis to see what was going on inside (to be honest I never heard of that before). During the sea trial all the equipment was tested again, the rigging and a second thermography of all ‘high stress’ areas under load was done. Finally, I’m very happy that the boat performed well and was in perfect condition. Thanks to the extensive survey I bought the boat with good confidence. There were different things to organize after the closing and Graham was still available as a very qualified contact. To make a long story short: 100 % recommendation!

 
 
 

POGO 40

Pre-Purchase    I contacted Graham from Harwood Marine Surveys after being recommended by noted Class 40 designer. After speaking with Graham we organised the survey of Bingo a Pogo 40 in Arzon France. He was very easy to deal with, knew his stuff and provided me with a fair, accurate and honest view of her, including NDT testing for piece of mind. I would recommend Graham at Harwood Marine Surveys to anyone looking for a surveyor.

Pre-Purchase

I contacted Graham from Harwood Marine Surveys after being recommended by noted Class 40 designer. After speaking with Graham we organised the survey of Bingo a Pogo 40 in Arzon France. He was very easy to deal with, knew his stuff and provided me with a fair, accurate and honest view of her, including NDT testing for piece of mind. I would recommend Graham at Harwood Marine Surveys to anyone looking for a surveyor.

 

CLASS 40

Pre -Purchase - Sea Trials -Delivery    Graham Connor of Harwood Marine Surveys provided an exceptional service when I asked him to complete a pre-purchase survey of my Pogo 40 in Port Camargue, France. The report was presented on time to the agreed price and was very thorough. Refreshingly it not only identified defects (as expected) but also contained positive feedback on the condition and build quality of the boat and her equipment - very comforting when you are about to part with your life savings! Graham subsequently joined me for the delivery of the boat from the Med back to the UK, and his knowledge and experience were invaluable during the 2000 nm trip.

Pre -Purchase - Sea Trials -Delivery

Graham Connor of Harwood Marine Surveys provided an exceptional service when I asked him to complete a pre-purchase survey of my Pogo 40 in Port Camargue, France. The report was presented on time to the agreed price and was very thorough. Refreshingly it not only identified defects (as expected) but also contained positive feedback on the condition and build quality of the boat and her equipment - very comforting when you are about to part with your life savings!
Graham subsequently joined me for the delivery of the boat from the Med back to the UK, and his knowledge and experience were invaluable during the 2000 nm trip.