Do you need a marine survey specialist?

“Whatever type of yacht or boat you are thinking of buying, I have the expertise to deliver a detailed, reliable survey report that will give you confidence in your purchase.”

M.R.A. Murphy LCG, qualified  yacht surveyor and marine engineer

Types of survey

At Lighthouse

I am Richard Murphy, the owner of Lighthouse Yacht & Boat Surveys. I am a qualified yacht surveyor and marine engineer with full professional and public liability insurance. Lighthouse offer 3 different types of survey:


This is also known as a full condition survey and takes place in advance of a sale. It is designed to establish the overall condition of the vessel in terms of defects, quality of build, maintenance and wear and tear.



Check your insurance policy; most UK insurers require that any vessel more than 20 years old needs to be surveyed every three to five years.  Even if you think your vessel is sound, it is worth checking that there are no defects of which you are not aware. 


This is the most basic pre-purchase survey I can carry out. If the potential buyer is satisfied with the condition of most of the yacht or boat they are planning to buy but wants to be sure the actual structure of the vessel, I can produce a report that focuses purely on the key areas.

Areas Covered

The South Coast including The Solent, Hamble, Southampton, Portsmouth, Lymington, Gosport, Chichester and Weymouth.
I will also travel anywhere in the UK by prior appointment. Please get in touch to discuss.

About Lighthouse

Welcome to Lighthouse Yacht & Boat Surveys. My name is Richard Murphy LCG, and I’m a qualified yacht surveyor and marine engineer.

I started working in the marine industry in 1977 and have been a serial boat owner ever since. These have ranged from an eight-foot dinghy to a 56-foot trawler yacht. I have personally maintained all my craft. I have re-engined, re-fitted and repainted them. I have retro-fitted stabilising systems,  modified rudder and steering systems and extended the hull and deck of the trawler yacht.

All this hands-on experience enables me to give you a top-quality service when you need a survey carried out. Reliability and great customer service really matter to me. You are very welcome to call me to discuss your requirements in detail.

Contact me at Lighthouse Yacht & Boat Surveys today and I will tell you how I can put your mind at rest when you are thinking of purchasing a yacht or boat.