Marine Surveys

Rose Narrowboats Collage

Marine Surveys

Rose Narrowboats Ltd offers a thorough, independent, small craft surveying service for coastal and inland commercial and pleasure craft.

A full range of services for steel vessels up to 24m can be offered, including the following:

• Full pre-purchase surveys
• Hull condition surveys
• Valuation inspections
• New-build consultation/oversight
• Maintenance and engineering inspections
• Limited scope surveys


• Inland waterways and canal craft
• Steel narrowboats and widebeam craft
• Steel river cruisers
• Steel barges
• Small commercial craft
• Work boats and maintenance vessels
• Small supply ships
• Pontoons

YDSA Affiliate Logo

We will travel to wherever the most convenient location is for you, but for out of water surveys in the Rugby/Coventry area we have our own slipway.

Charles King Dip.S.C.Sur

Charles King is our qualified engineer and surveyor. He has a vast knowledge and practical experience of narrow boats and other steel vessels and is fully insured and qualified as a small craft surveyor. He completed his diploma in small craft surveying with the Lloyds Maritime Academy in 2011, gaining a distinction with accreditation in Inalnd Waterways, Canal Craft and small commercial craft.

Charles has had an interest in the waterways since childhood and his career in the leisure boating industry began as a teenager, when during school holidays he would help out at the boatyard where his parents’ boat was moored.

On leaving school he gained a BTEC national diploma in mechanical engineering, and following this worked for various plant and machinery dealers and manufacturers where he gained a wealth of experience in a number of areas, including agriculture, renewable energy, inshore oil and gas production and the marine sector.

His job took him all over the country and he regularly worked in the Midlands, Yorkshire, and North East Lincolnshire as well as commercial docks, and the ports of the tidal river Trent and Lincolnshire coast.

During his time as a marine engineer working at several busy boatyards in the Midlands, he has gained plenty of experience in welded hull repairs and over-plating, superstructure modifications, engine and gearbox replacements and repairs, stern tube overhauls, fit-outs and associated plumbing and electrics.

Cleaning off boat
Thickness results marked on hull
Checking front of boat
YDSA Affiliate Logo