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About Us

White Hat Marine Surveying was founded by David Pestridge when he retired from the British Army in 2008 after a 17 year career with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

Building on 20 years experience as a sailor and boat owner he completed the highly respected Diploma in Yacht and Small Craft Surveying. This course is designed and accredited by the International institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS); an award winning, independent, non-political organisation promoting the professionalism, recognition and training of marine surveyors worldwide.

David is passionate about ‘Helping People Understand Boats Better’ and creates written and video content to help boat owners, surveyors, brokers and prospective boat buyers.

Boat Chat is a fortnightly newsletter written by David which looks at key maritime news stories and considers what they mean for boat owners and surveyors.  

Read it at Boat Chat UK

David is a Fellow of the IIMS, a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, has a Masters Degree of Science and is a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Society for Consulting Marine Engineers and Ship Surveyors (SCMS) and sits on the Management Board of the IIMS. Their websites can be found here:

IMechE    IIMS    SCMS

White Hat Marine Surveying seeks to deliver a professional marine survey service founded on these principles:


Requests for quotes to be actioned within 24 hours.
All completed PDF reports to be with the client within 5 working days.


Tell it as it is – barnacles and all!
Help the client focus on the important things, recognising this is a big financial and emotional commitment for them, but also highlight the positive aspects.



Maintain high standards of professional integrity and independence.
Remember that the client is the customer.