Poole Harbour Yacht Surveys


50.72° N  001.99° W

Poole Harbour is a beautiful Dorset haven protected by the Purbeck Hills.  Dotted with forested private islands, it is one of the largest natural harbours in the world.  In fact, it is a drowned valley formed at the end of the last ice age.

The harbour is fed by a number of rivers and is open to the sea through a fast-flowing narrow channel at Sandbanks.

Poole town, Lilliput and Sandbanks are on the eastern side of the harbour where yacht clubs, marinas, boatyards, slipways and other facilities abound.  The western side is wooded and rural with hills and valleys nearly down to the water.

There are many smart bars and restaurants along the Town Quay and the streets behind, plus the spectacle of Sunseeker yachts being built and finished on the opposite wharf.

Visit a hidden gem in The Bankes Arms at Studland – anchor in Studland Bay and climb the hill or take the chain ferry from Sandbanks and walk along the beach and through the sand dunes.

If the weather's bad, carry the tide up the River Frome for a nice lunch on Wareham Quay. 

We offer a full range of marine surveyor services for boat buyers, owners and sellers in around Poole, Sandbanks and Wareham.  Prepurchase condition surveys, insurance renewal surveys, market valuations, accompanied boat viewings, damage assessment, repair scrutiny, sea trials in the western Solent approaches and much more.

However we can help you, you’ll always receive friendly and professional service to the highest industry standards.  We’re affiliated to the Yacht Designers and Surveyors Association (YDSA) and British Marine Surveyors Europe (BMSE), qualified, experienced, fully licenced and insured.

Our reports are written in plain language and easy to understand whether you are new to boating or an experienced owner and voyager.  Clear communication and explanation of complete and crucial information is our mission.

Let us help you find the perfect boat, check her condition, know her value or discover her sea-keeping qualities.

Contact us today to discuss your requirements, we're available 7 days a week.


Cobbs Quay Marina

Tel. +44 (0)1202 674299

850 berths and 240 dry stack slots.  Large boat hoist and room ashore for many hundreds of boats.

Davis's Boatyard

Tel. +44 (0)1202 674349

82 berths and room ashore for 250 vessels. 12T  crane for boats up to 40ft LOA.

Lake Yard

Tel. +44 (0)1202 674531

50T boat hoist for vessels up to 62ft LOA plus a smaller mobile crane and shoreside HIAB.

Parkstone Bay Marina

Tel. +44 (0)1202 747857

Boat hoist and forklift for vessels up to 47T and 60 ft LOA.

Poole Quay Boat Haven

Tel. +44 (0)1202 649488

Large marina but no lift out facilities.  Convenient as a base for a sea trial.

Poole Yacht Club

Tel. +44 (0)1202 672687

Large marina and hard standing area onsite for club members.

Ridge Wharf Yacht Centre

Tel. +44 (0)1202 552650

Small boatyard on the River Frome towards Wareham.

Salterns Marina

Tel. +44 (0)1202 709971

Marina berths and storage ashore for boats up to 20m LOA.

Sandbanks Yacht Company

Tel. +44 (0)1202 611262

Small boat lifting and storage, ideal for trailer boats.

The Royal Motor Yacht Club

Tel. +44 (0)1202 707227

Marina berths and storage ashore for club members.

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Bates Wharf Marine Sales

Tel. +44 (0)1202 679421

New and used boats from lots of brands, locally and through other offices. Agents for Beneteau, Bayliner, Chris Craft, Fairline, Sessa Marine, Cooper and Monte Carlo.