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David Pestridge
David Pestridge

"To provide comprehensive and impartial advice about the integrity, condition and value of boats and support our clients in using that information".

White Hat Yacht 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 independent, non-political organisation which aims to advance the reputation of international marine surveying.

David is a graduate engineer, has a Masters Degree of Science and was elected Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) in 2009 in recognition of his achievements and continued development as an engineer.  This allows him to use the title Chartered Engineer.

In 2011 David was elected as a Full Member of the IIMS in recognition of the high standard of his work and his professionalism as a marine surveyor.

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


· Requests for quotes to be actioned within 12 hours.

· All completed reports to be with the client within 2 working days (soft copy) and 3 working days (hard copy).


· 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 within the whole process.

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Contact Us:

Tel: +44 7793 485628

White Hat Yacht Surveying Limited is registered in England