AWS Marine Surveys is run by Andy Webb, age 52yrs, based in Harwich, Essex.
My surveying profession has been a natural evolution from my 20 years in the marine industry building, repairing, re-spraying FRP/GRP yachts & catamarans, providing rigging, brokerage, bespoke laminating services and products on a professional basis.
Before embarking on my first surveys I completed an intensive five week Practical Yacht & Small Craft Surveying Course accredited by the International Boat Building Training College which resulted in a pass and Affiliate Membership of the Yacht Designers & Surveyors Association (YDSA) who have established Codes of Practice and whose Terms of Business which I have adopted.
A Lifetime of Experience At Sea
My early childhood memories are of wading through workshop wood shavings helping out with my Father's numerous boat building projects. Naturally I started sailing from a very young age. It wasn't long before I began to buy my own project boats to repair, tune and race. My competitive sailing lead me to many National and European Championship wins culminating in selection for the RYA Olympic Catamaran Development Squad on two occasions during the 90's.
My time at sea has not just been about racing, a call up to the Harwich Lifeboat Crew at the tender age of 16 years opened up a world of extreme power boating in all conditions imaginable. In total I committed 18 years to the service during which time I received extensive training, witnessed many rescue situations due to failed equipment, poor maintenance and gained an understanding of vessel limitations resulting in a wealth of knowledge which will be a huge advantage in my surveying activities. I have also had the opportunity to log up over 10,000 miles of ocean sailing.
And, in all cases above, increased family and business commitments coupled with an aging body (!) lead to retirement from the 'young thruster' scene and a move into the more family orientated world of cruising. Having moved up from a 20' motor boat, to a cruiser racer, a 36' fin keeled cruiser I now spend my leisurely time afloat on a 33'motorboat (with the occasional blast on a hydro foiling Moth or Hurricane Catamaran to keep my hand in !). This insight into ownership and maintenance of varied pleasure craft has again furnished me with yet more valuable practical experiences and knowledge to add to my surveying practices.