Surveyor Martyn’s professional experience

Martyn Jenkins Professional Marine Experience
Martyn is a member of the British Marine Industry Federation and a member of the YDSA.

Martyn’s extensive career in the Marine Industry started in 1965 with a yacht and boat building apprenticeship followed by 3 years yacht joinery at Camper & Nicholsons Ltd. Go to Surveys for wooden boats.

After a Diploma in yacht and boatyard management the next 15 years included positions as a fit out engineer – building the SHE range of sailing yachts; production and yard manager for Peter Webster Yachts in Lymington – building the Elizabethan range of yachts; service agent for Thames Marine – engineering to leak curing; flotilla skipper / maintenance agent for Yacht Cruising Association (now Sunsail) in Greece and Repairs Manager at Hamble Point Marina – repairing and rebuilding craft (timber, FRP, steel and alloy) of up to 70 ft. Go to Surveys for Steel and Alloy boats. Go to Surveys for Steel and Alloy boats.

In the 80’s Martyn was a regular expert contributor to a boating programme on a local Radio Station “Radio Solent”. Giving the general public advice on the boating issues. He also contributed to the Boat Repair Manual. Go to yacht survey testimonials.

Martyn spent 5 years with Hempel Paints UK both as Sales and Technical Manager. Responsible for the introduction of epoxy paints for the prevention and cure of Osmosis in small yachts and motor boats up to small commercial ships and superyachts. Go to Surveys for GRP Motor Boats.

In 1990 he founded Onward Trading Company, primarily a teak sales company, but incorporating a workshop for one off pieces of yacht joinery producing decking panels for Sunseeker amongst others.

Martyn Jenkins Marine Leisure Experience
As well as being a Yacht Master Offshore Martyn spent 4 years rebuilding his 1915 40 ft wooden sailing gaffer “Charmian of Poole” from fitting a new stem and knee to replacing all the systems; extending the mast and rerigging. Go to Surveys for GRP sailing yachts.

His personal boat ownership is as follows:-

  • 1967 -1977. Built and sailed a Wayfarer dinghy.
  • 5 years sailing a Mirage 28. FRP
  • 5 years sailing and maintenance/management of ‘Wonder’ a timber 1860 Itchen Ferry by Dan Hatcher.
  • 7 years ownership of ‘Onward of Ito’ a timber 1923 Itchen Ferry built in Southampton.
  • 10 years ownership of ‘Charmian of Poole’ a timber Poole Sailing Yacht in the style of a West Country Gaffer.
  • 5 years ownership of ‘Pleiades’ a Bowman 50. FRP.

Martyn’s decision to become a yacht surveyor followed many, many years of requests for his practical and professional advice on maintenance and safety issues from other boat owners. For advice from Martyn go to our Yacht Survey Contact form.
Currently between yacht surveys he is to be found sailing the Mediterranean in his 50 ft Bowman with his wife Linda and two cats Friday and Wilson. He is happy to survey yachts and motor boats based in Mallorca and also at any location along the south coast of England.

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