Yacht Survey Partners | Superyacht survey specialists


Marine surveyors and consultants supporting the superyacht industry

What we do

Yacht Survey Partners are global marine surveyors and superyacht consultants providing pre purchase surveys, condition surveys and post casualty surveys for both hull machinery and P&I claims, casualty support including salvage, technical consultancy, expert witness and dispute resolution.

We specialise in yachts above 30 meters in length (both power and sail) with a particular focus on superyachts above 40 metres combining our yachting experience and knowhow with first class support to our clients including the world’s leading yacht brokers, managers, law firms, marine underwriters and insurance brokers.

We combine extensive technical knowledge and experience in the luxury yacht market with an excellent commercial understanding of brokerage, new build, refit and insurance markets, making us exceptionally well placed to provide sound objective advice in all aspects of marine surveying.


Pre purchase surveys form a significant part of our business. We work Globally, with assignments in the last 12 months in the USA, Hong Kong, South Africa, Northern Europe and all over the Mediterranean. We only survey yachts larger than 40 metres, whether motor or sailing yachts. We have extensive experience in surveying yachts larger than 70 metres. The largest yacht that we have surveyed to date is 124m. However, given the team’s experience and our highly scalable survey system, we are happy to survey much larger yachts.

We pride ourselves on our responsiveness throughout all stages of the survey process. This means that you will receive a fully costed proposal within 48 hours of your request. It means that we will do our best to accommodate even the tightest of timelines. And above all, it means rapid reporting: the buyer’s team are kept abreast of progress during the survey. A final written report is generally issued within 3 working days of our team stepping off the yacht.

We pride ourselves in embracing technology to optimise the survey process. Our cloud based survey platform not only enables us to deliver industry leading reports within time timeframes, but it also offers the buyer’s team a uniquely powerful tool to understand issues, solutions, priorities, costs and timeframes. The software can also greatly assist with post-closing transitions to new yacht managers and also with refit planning.

For our clients, we aim to offer a seamless service from first enquiry, through survey planning, execution, reporting and follow up.

For the yachts that we survey, we pride ourselves on being easy to work with: efficient, organised, polite, easygoing and experienced. All our surveyors have served at sea themselves.

If you would like to know more about our superyacht Pre Purchase Surveys, please click the link hereIf you would like to read more about the Superyacht Survey process, please follow this link.


We are often retained to undertake condition surveys, either to assist Owners and Brokers in preparing a yacht for sale, or to assist Owners and yacht managers in planning a major refit, or where underwriters require an up-to-date condition survey prior to agreeing policy renewal.

Our condition surveys follow the same general approach as our pre purchase surveys, with the seamless service from first enquiry, through survey planning, execution, reporting and follow up. Our condition surveys provide the same industry leading reports within time tight timeframes, backed up by our unique web-based survey platform. 

If you would like to know more about our superyacht Condition Surveys, please click the link here.


We work for the leading marine hull & machinery underwriters, P&I clubs and insurance brokers, providing insurance claim support, mostly for yachts of over 30 metres in length. We support insurers throughout the life of a claim, from initial investigation and fact finding, damage surveys, review of repair specifications, review of repair quotations, overseeing repairs and at the completion of the repair process, review and approval of accounts.

At any one time we are engaged in supporting a wide range of ongoing claims, including fire, floods, groundings, collisions, allisions, paint damage, lightning strikes, extreme weather damage, tender damage, machinery breakdown, abnormal corrosion, latent damage and design defects. The only claims that we don’t support are crew medical and personal accident.

Our services include a 24/7 emergency response service, where we have in the past arranged tugs for salvage and recovery, towage to a safe haven or towage to a shipyard for repairs or to stand by a yacht where insurers deem that it would be prudent for a damaged yacht to be escorted to safe haven. We have also consulted on towage approval plans and assisted yacht management companies as part of their own emergency response plans.

If you would like to know more about our Insurance Surveys and Insurance Claim Support, please click the link here.

If you need to contact our 24/7 Emergency Response Service, please click the link here.


Our technical consultancy services have included providing advice to Owners during complex repairs and refits, major insurance claims, refit planning, preparations for Class surveys, capex and opex budgeting and dispute resolution.

If you would like to know more about our Technical Consultancy, please click the link here.


We specialise in providing technical support including specification and contract reviews, milestone/ progress surveys, pre delivery harbour and sea trials, warranty list management, dispute resolution and providing technical support for the Owner’s team.

If you would like to know more about our New Build Technical Support, please click the link here.


We specialise in providing technical support including refit specification and contract reviews, milestone/progress surveys, pre delivery harbour and sea trials, warranty list management, dispute resolution and providing technical support for the Owner’s team.

If you would like to know more about our Refit Technical Support, please click the link here.


We are happy to work with shipyards as well as Owners and yacht managers. Our work includes dispute resolution, JH143, technical audits and technical consultancy.

If you would like to know more about our Shipyard Services please click the link here.


We work with a number of leading marine law firms, providing technical support on complex cases, assistance with dispute resolution, review of technical specifications within new build and refit contracts, insurance claim support, expert witness and of course sale and purchase.

If you would like to know more about our Legal Support Services please click the link here.


Yacht Survey Partners was founded by Richard Franklin, who was previously global head of Braemar Yacht Services. Having built the business to become recognised as one of the leaders in the yachting industry, Richard formed Yacht Survey Partners in 2021.

Our international team of Yacht Surveyors have all served time at sea as Superyacht Captains and Chief Engineers, and ashore as Technical Managers, Project Managers and Superintendents. They all have in depth technical yachting knowledge combined with extensive superyacht survey experience.

Yacht Survey Partners also work closely with a range of specialist marine technical service providers in areas such as electrical systems, marine engineering, AVIT, paint and naval architecture, bringing in their support as required.


Yacht Survey Partners work with many of the world’s most respected yacht builders, shipyards and superyacht owners undertaking a range of marine surveys including dry dock inspections, sea trials and acceptance trials.

We are experienced in working to tight deadlines and in many cases handover our final report within a few days of leaving the yacht.

In recent months we have completed pre purchase surveys on many yachts with an average length of 62 metres and a combined total of 28,000 gross tonnes including some of the most high profile superyachts to change hands in recent years.

Below is a selection of our most recent superyacht surveys.


Yacht Survey Partners are based in London with surveyors in key yachting locations around the globe including Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona, Tarragona, La Ciotat, Marseille, Antibes, Monaco, Genoa, Livorno and Fort Lauderdale.

Whether you need a superyacht survey, technical advice or claims support, a member of our team is on hand wherever and whenever you need to provide urgent assistance and advice.

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