Assistance and advice for the purchase or the reception of a boat


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When might you benefit from the assistance and the advice of a surveyor?

  • If you are interested in a boat for sale in the West Indies (Martinique, Guadeloupe, Saint-Barthélemy, Les Saintes, Saint-Martin, Saint-Lucia, Dominica, Saint-Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Trinidad etc…) and travel is too expensive and/or you do not have enough time. Our surveyor is already in the area and can proceed with a pre-expert assessment in order to give you an argued opinion depending on your specifications, along with photos.
  • You wish to buy a pleasure boat and wish to be guided in choosing the right model for you. After having picked a few out, you wish to save time without making any mistakes and benefit from an expert’s advice.
  • The boat you have selected can then undergo a detailed expert assessment (similar to a pre-transactional assessment) including a condition review and an estimation of the market value, helping you in your choice. In that case, 50% of the preliminary visit fees will be deducted.

  • You are having your sailboat or motor boat convoyed by a skipper or shipped by cargo to or from the West Indies (Martinique, Guadeloupe, Saint-Barthélemy, Les Saintes, Saint-Martin, Saint-Lucia, Dominica, Saint-Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Trinidad etc…) and you cannot be present for sending or reception and wish for our surveyor to assess the condition of the boat prior to/following transport. Our surveyor is already in the area and can carry out a leaving/reception expert assessment in order to make a report of the condition of the boat, including photos, which may have a legal function in the case of a dispute.

NB 1: This is a preliminary expert assessment which serves to assist, guide and potentially represent a party. This advice and assistance expert assessment is not a detailed technical expert assessment, nor is it a market value estimation of the boat, or a dynamic trial and cannot be used as a reference during a transaction.

NB 2:The surveyor remains completely independent, and will not give in to any kind of pressure or influence, of whatever nature it may be. He gives his opinion in all consciousness, with no concern of what might follow.

The naval preliminary expert assessment:

  • Is a global visual assessment of the accessible parts, is non-invasive and requires no dismantling

A report of the naval preliminary expert assessment is drawn up:

  • It will be sent to you a maximum of 5 working days after the end of the final visit.

  • Our surveyor’s opinion and advice will be supported by photos, potential recommendations about reconditioning or necessary check-ups.

  • The preliminary visit report will be sent to you by air mail and electronically (PDF document)

Fees: Deduct 50% if you also order a pre-transactional expert assessment of the boat.

For a free and accurate quote, personalised to your needs, please go to our “Quotes” page.

Free advice and information available at +33 683 681 259 or, or on our “Inquiries” page.

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Homepage and who we are


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The Saint-Jours Naval Surveyor office located at Port-Vendres along the Mediterranean Seacanstockphoto5624435


Skills and specialties

With more than 20 years of naval experience, the surveyor Bastien Saint-Jours was a first-class (unlimited) officer in the French merchant marine (deck and engine)

He is since :

Civil engineer in maritime and river survey (« IPF certification N°26043a  » accredited COFRAC, code BIT 2142, DR-18-délégation Languedoc Roussillon)  

Certified COFREND UT1 Non Destructive Testing (NDT)sector Manufacturing and maintenance / Mechanical (measurement by ultrasound),

Professional Engineer : Peng (UK) MSPE certified by The Society of Professional Engineers (London), 

Surveyor of Justice at the Court of Appeal in Montpellier (E7.6 vessels),

Member of Chambre des Experts des Pyrénées Orientales

Member of Collège Européen des Experts Maritimes et Fluviaux (CEEMF), 

FEMAS Surveyor (The Federation of European Maritime Associations of Surveyors and Consultants), 

Membre de International Association of Marine & Shipping Professionals (I.A.M.S.P): IAMSP Certificate, 

Naval Surveyor Bastien Saint-Jours is an experienced professional in his domain, who only operates strictly following deontology rules. The diversity of his professional path has enabled him to acquire the essential skills required for naval expert assessment and advising:


  • Marseille National School for Merchant Navy graduate, he benefited from an excellent naval education. This complete training enabled him to acquire technical knowledge specialised in fields ranging from seafaring to machinery.
  • A career as a universal First Class Officer in the Merchant Navy. Numerous sailing experiences on merchant ships of different types (cable layers, oil tankers, ocean liners, supply) give him the best technical predispositions for naval expert assessment.
  • Sailmaker and then Production manager for a world renowned sail making group. These positions led him to study and practise techniques specific to sails and rigging of pleasure and regatta sailboats. The diversity in sail and boat types he worked on in this company (notably following all kinds of damages) has given him a relevant and well-argued critical sense.
  • A pleasance sailor himself (several transatlantic crossings, multiple convoying experiences in Europe, Africa and the Caribbean) and high level regatta experience as a skipper or professional shipmate (match racing, Tour de France à la voile, world, and European as well as French and Spanish championships on multiple supports), he was able to observe and study a great variety of regatta and pleasance boats. Furthermore, as regatta is highly incident-prone, it raises the chance of damage, accidents and potential legal disputes.


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