Richard Sarre Marine Surveyor

Expert description :

Sarre Richard is an independent marine surveying company based on the French Mediterranean coast between Antibes and Cannes serving the luxury yacht and small craft industry and carrying out a wide range of activities worldwide including the following:-

• New Build/Refit project management & supervision
• Pre-Purchase condition surveys
• MCA Code Compliance surveys/consultancy
• Stability booklets and inclining experiments
• Tonnage surveys for Part 1 British registration
• Insurance surveys
• Damage surveys
• Naval Architecture, design and refits is headed by its principal Surveyor, Richard Sarre. A professional British Naval Architect and Chartered Engineer, Richard’s broad knowledge base is a result of over 27 years’ in the marine industry. During this time he has been involved with the design and construction of pleasure, racing, commercial, and military craft, and has acted as project manager and surveyor for a variety of yacht new builds and refits. His hands-on practical experience gained from pleasure yachting and yacht racing from an early age serves as an essential complement to his academic and technical knowledge.

As a corporate member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects and an authorised examiner for MECAL (Marine Engineers Certifying Authority Ltd), is bound by strict codes of professional conduct, giving clients piece of mind that confidentiality and professional integrity will be maintained.

New Build/Refit: Giving discerning owners confidence that their yacht will be delivered in full compliance with the contract specification from both technical and quality standpoints, provide new build/refit project management and survey services from specification review through to sea trials and completion/delivery. Regular shipyard visits, shipyard meetings, detailed reporting, minuting of meetings, change order management etc, ensure that the owner is kept abreast of progress, budget and any changes to the specification. Click here to see what a recent client had to say regarding our services.

Pre-purchase: Purchasing a yacht should be a pleasurable experience for an owner, safe in the knowledge that the condition of vessel being purchased reflects what the owner ‘understands’ he/she is purchasing. Financial institutions may also request this type of survey to facilitate marine mortgages. carry out pre-purchase surveys on both motor and sailing vessels of GRP, FRP, steel, aluminium and timber construction. A comprehensive inspection is carried out both in and out-of water, as well as sea and dock trials to log engine and vessel performance and verify the correct operation of systems. GRP/FRP vessels are checked structurally for delamination and osmotic related blistering by visual inspection and the use of sounding and moisture readings. Steel and aluminium vessels are checked visually and by hammer sounding and sample ultrasonic readings to establish general plating thicknesses. A full ultrasonic survey to map the plating thickness of the hull can be carried out on request and for an additional fee.

Insurance: Insurers often request a report on the condition of a vessel to ascertain the risk prior to insuring it. carry out insurance condition surveys which, whilst detailed, are somewhat less comprehensive than a pre-purchase survey in so far as they focus on items relevant to the safety of the vessel and not on aesthetics, interior finishes, furnishings etc.

Damage: carry out damage surveys for private and corporate clients to establish the cause, nature and extent of the damage incurred.

Commercial Code Compliance: Since the inception of the MCA codes of practice in 1993 (Small Commercial Vessels under 24m Load Line Length) and 1997 (Large Commercial Vessels over 24m Load Line Length) have been conducting code compliance and pre-code compliance surveys for owners who wish to use their vessels for commercial activities (primarily charter). As a MECAL* authorised examiner Richard Sarre can conduct code compliance surveys for British (red flagged**) vessels of up to 24m Load Line length (corresponding to a overall length of up to 29m in some cases), and for Jersey (red flagged) vessels of over 24m Load Line length up to 200 GT. This is particularly useful for larger sailboats where, in some cases, the LOA can approach 40m before exceeding the 200 GT limit. MCA LY2 pre-compliance surveys are also carried out for owners of larger yachts wishing to establish the feasibility of their vessel complying with the code.

Yacht Stability: This is a critical safety issue facing Yacht Managers, Owners and Captains. In order for vessels to be brought into commercial operation for charter, an up-to date stability booklet is required for approval by class or flag state. Furthermore, for a vessel to be maintained in class, or for ongoing commercial code compliance certification, periodical lightship checks or inclining experiments are usually a requirement. This is also the case when a vessel has undergone a refit or significant modifications, which may have had an effect on her stability. have conducted inclining experiments and produced high quality stability data for a wide range of vessels from small craft to superyachts. Their inclining experiments and stability booklets have been approved by major flag states and classification societies including the MCA, Cayman Islands, Isle of Man, Lloyds, ABS, BV, DNV and RINA.

Using the latest computer modelling and naval architecture software, reliable comprehensive stability data is produced and presented in an easy-to-read format.

Yacht Design: With a background in Naval Architecture, are able to undertake design projects for owners wishing to make modifications to their existing yachts. Being able to draw upon the expertise of established stylists and interior designers within the industry a diverse range of projects can be undertaken.

Tonnage: are authorised to carry out tonnage surveys for British (red flagged) vessels of up to 24m Load Line length for Part 1 registration and for Jersey (red flagged) vessels of up to 400 GT.

Carving and Marking: are authorised to carry out carving and marking surveys for British (red flagged) vessels of up to 24m Load Line length for Part 1 registration and for Jersey (red flagged) vessels of up to 400 GT.

*MECAL are an MCA approved Certifying Authority.

**Including Cayman Islands, BVI, Bermuda, Gibraltar, Guernsey.


Ophira 1, Place Bermond , Sophia Antipolis - France