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References & Reviews:


Paul Smith
Gary was really helpful in making sure all was in order for my first BSS certificate. He turned up when promised and kept me informed regarding everything that was required and what had to be done.

5 Star. Thanks. 27th January 2023.
Frank & Norma Nixon
My husband Frank and I want to thanks Gary for performing the boat BSS. First time this was required on our boat and highly recommend Gary to guide you through the process. Very professional.

5 Star. Thanks. 13 January 2023.
Julie MacPherson-Irvine
Gary was very professional, reliable and his knowledge and advice was invaluable. I recommend you use Gary for your next BSS.

5 Star. Thanks. 3 September 2022.
John Paul Hewson
As a fairly newbie boater and first time in getting the safety certificate done, Gary guided me through each step painlessly. His professionalism and patience was phenomenal and his explanations and advice invaluable. In fact it was a very useful learning experience. I highly recommend Gary to all boaters but in particular those going through the process for the first time!

5 Star. Thanks. 27 August 2021.
Goran Cemerikiv
Excellent communication from start to end. Quick turnaround from request to completion of inspection, including follow up. Many thanks.

5 Star. Thanks. 15 August 2021.
Paddy Keightley - PVK Homeservices
Hi Gary I’m not on Facebook but I can recommend you for your prompt and professional service, you kept us informed before, during and after the examination of Mister Kite. Paddy

23 April 2021.
Anna Lucyboots
I would definitely recommend Gary. Really professional and personable approach. Happy to offer advice as to safety and upkeep of my 58ft narrow boat. Flexible about arranging our boat safety examination just before Christmas provided a thorough and speedy service.

5 Star. Thanks. 30 January 2021.
John Burton
Gary carried out our boat inspection today in a very efficient, friendly and professional manner. He took the time to explain the process and gave useful advice. Highly recommended, first class service.

5 Star. Thanks. 17 August 2020.
Abigail Ridley
Great service and very professional - would highly recommend.

Thanks. 18 June 2020.
Richard Cottle
Excellent service, good communication, detailed explanation of all issues, highly recommended.

5 Star. Thanks. 20 February 2020.
David Griffiths
Had my boat safety inspection yesterday with Gary. This is my second inspection carried out by him. As always Gary is very professional and I'm always amazed at his knowledge of boats and their safety aspects. I would recommend Gary to anyone and I do when asked about boat safety examiners. Thanks Gary.

5 Star. Thanks. 21 June 2019.
Shah Hussain
"Having always relied on recommendations I broke my own rule and found Gary on the net. I went with my gut feeling and chose him. It was an excellent choice, he fitted the examination around my time.

On the day, he inspected the boat thoroughly and professionally, and answered questions which was greatly appreciated. A knowledgeable chap and a fellow boater.

I have already recommended Gary to others on the marina and would further recommend him without hesitation."

August 2018.
Martin Slater
Highly recommended was on time and very informative and helpful and professional hopefully see you next time or when passing your mooring. Thanks Martin from hummingbird.

5 Star. Thanks. 13 October 2017.
Keith Openshaw
Very professional Gary keeps you informed thru the process and is a nice fellow to boot.

5 Star. Thanks. 25 May 2017.
Frank & Gill Finn
Gary arrived at the time agreed and kept us fully informed as to what he was examining and why it was important.
We found Gary to be thoroughly professional throughout with a relaxed, friendly and courteous manner.
We would highly recommend Gary to fellow boaters. Many thanks once again.

5 Star. All the best. Frank & Gill. 24 March 2017.
Gail Levers - Candy Boat
Very thorough and professional, imformative and polite - I would highly recommend him.

5 Star. Thank you. Gail - Candy Boat. 20 March 2017.
Tim Hawkins
I contacted Gary because my license was due and I hadn't realized that the safety certificate was out of date, and my old examiner had retired. He responded very quickly and we arranged a quick date. The examination was very thorough and almost painless, he pointed out a couple of improvements which I will implement. He was friendly and personable, down to earth in his explanation of the tests and his comments. I will be contacting him next time.

Thanks, Tim. 15 August 2016.
Jayne Reid
This the first time we have to go through the Safety Certificate process since purchasing our boat. Gary made what we thought was going to be a daunting process smooth sailing. He explained all aspects fully, clearly and precisely. We now have peace of mind that the boat is a safe vessel and that is priceless- thank you for all the time, effort and recommendations you gave us.

Thanks, Jayne & Robert. 29 February 2016.
John Spencer
Gary is everything you would like from your safety examiner. Thorough with a professional approach and a good manner, he is very clear about what he is doing, what he needs to know and why he needs to know it. I feel very confident that my boat is safe and at the end of the day that is why the BSS exists, to keep me and my family safe. Something you can't put a value on.

Thanks, John. 14 January 2016.
Lynn Molyneux
Gary was very professional and went through our boat explaining what he was doing and why. Gave us great advice and we will definitely be giving him a call again. I highly recommend his services.

Thanks. 26 January 2016.
Peter Gibbons
I would support the views of other reviewers of Gary's service, professional, helpful and knowledgeable, good communication and punctual, Would certainly recommend Gary to others and should the need arise would not hesitate to use his service again.

Thanks, Peter. 30 January 2016.
Steven Rawlinson
I found Gary to be professional and very personable at the same time. He was excellent in explaining things to us and his advice was appreciated. Would certainly have no hesitation in using him again.

Thanks, Steve. 18 July 2015.




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