YOU NEED A SURVEY OR SOMEONE TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR YACHT WHILE YOU ARE AWAY ?
Richard Watson is a professionally qualified Marine Surveyor with offices conveniently located in historic Nelsons Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua, with 40 years experience of surveying, 20 years of them on sailing boats.
Qualified and experienced to inspect vessels built of all materials: fibreglass; composites; wood; and metal. Approved by the MCA to certify Tonnage surveys for all of the Red Ensign Group registries, accepted by all reputable underwriters and an experienced project manager for yacht repairs and refitting.
Having first qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in the 80’s, later taking the IIMS Diploma in Yacht and Small Craft Surveying and becoming a Full Member of the International Institute of Marine Surveyors, offering a professional, personal, and reliable service, required to maintain a $500,000 professional indemnity insurance policy.
The International Institute of Marine Surveyors (IIMS) is the foremost marine surveying organisation, with 1,000 members worldwide, recognised by the International Maritime Organisation, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the Royal Institute of Naval Architects and accepted by all reputable insurance companies.
Please contact us for condition and valuation, insurance and damage surveys. Please note that to avoid any conflict of interest, we are sometimes reluctant to undertake ‘pre-purchase’ surveys and restricted from surveying any yachts we have been instructed to sell though Caribbean Brokerage.
Normally willing to travel however due to the current Covid restrictions it is impractical to visit the other islands.
We also offer a gardiennage service, principally to owners of vessels who have instructed us to market their boats through Caribbean Brokerage, although we are also willing to accept a limited number of other vessels located throughout Antigua.
The frequency and extent of inspections and related gardiennage services can be tailored to each individual vessel and budget.
In cases where we need expert advice and services from allied trades we work closely with a select number of other professionally qualified and experienced marine engineers, shipwrights and riggers.
We also offer a prompt and reliable customs brokerage for imported yacht parts and can obtain duty free extensions for qualified Yachts In Transit, deliveries and shipping for clients who have engaged our brokerage and gardiennage services.
We are dual British and Antiguan Citizens with extensive cruising experience in the Mediterranean before we sailed to the Caribbean. We are here in Antigua all year round although the office is only open in the quieter summer months by appointment.
Rest assured that your pride and joy will be left in good hands, after fifteen years in the Caribbean we know who to trust and who is to be avoided.