About Us

ShipShape Marine Surveying produces detailed reports that are accurate, factual and impartial. These professional marine survey reports are clearly written in plain English and include an indication of all findings and any recommendations.


All of our reports are enhanced by the inclusion of relevant colour photographs and can be delivered as a neatly bound hard copy and or electronically in PDF format.

Sample Pre-Purchase Marine Survey Reports are available for your information.

We carry out a thorough inspection of your boat, both in and out of the water and then produce a concise, clearly written report on the condition and presentation of the vessel, this will include any defects and a comprehensive list of prioritised recommendation to be addressed, graded as:
  • Important safety concerns.
  • Advisory maintenance issues
  • Suggested improvements.

Once the report has been issued, generally within three to four working days of the inspection, Mark Robertson is available to discuss and give advice on any concerns or points that may have arisen from the inspection. 


Our surveys are backed by the BIA and IIMS Professional Codes of Conduct and fulfil the requirements of the leading finance and insurance companies.  

Our Goals
  • To provide the best customer service possible.
  • To make each client feel like the only client.
  • To promote safety within the boating community.
  • To provide a prompt, impartial and accurate report.

Mark Robertson

AssocIIMS. DipMarSur. DipYBYM

Mark Robertson, Registered Marine Surveyor

Mark has over 25 years marine industry experience in Europe and Australia.

Mark started his marine industry career with a Diploma in Yacht and Boatyard Management from Southampton, UK. He then went on to work for Ancasta, who were at the time Europes leading brokerage network. This introduced him to the Mediterranean world of professional crewing and his RYA Yachtmasters Certificate. 

After obtaining an MCA commercial boatmaster licence he spent several years operating tourist boats in North Wales and sailing for the Ocean Youth Club (now the Ocean Youth Trust).

In 2000 Mark returned home to Sydney and immediately started working on the harbour whilst he gained his Australian commercial qualifications. In 2008  he continued his professional development  by studying for a Diploma in Yacht and Small Craft Surveying, offered by the International Institute of Marine Surveying.

Having completed the course, Mark has set up and has successfully operated ShipShape Marine Surveying to service the boating community of Sydney and NSW.  


You can contact Mark directly at mark@shipshapesurveying.com

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Pre-Purchase Marine Survey

This comprehensive marine survey is strongly advised when purchasing a new or used vessel.

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Insurance Marine Survey

Condition and Valuation (C&V) Survey Report is generally required by an insurance underwriter.

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