Michael Pope

Independant Marine Surveyor & Consultant

43 years of experience



I started in 1974 as an apprentice shipwright on the Thames. I then accumulated over 22 years’ experience as engineer/captain on private & charter yachts and this has taught me the importance of good maintenance, fault diagnosis, and good repair techniques. A further 25 years in yacht building, refit, repair, restoration, project supervision, shipyard management and surveying work has supplemented a comprehensive practical education.


Professionally trained, responsive, competent and practical method to customer requirements
Balanced reporting with constructive advice and solutions for remedial work.
I offer advice to clients who maybe looking for guidance when choosing and purchasing a boat and her equipment
I hold professional indemnity insurance and work in accordance with the YDSA Code of Practice
I can offer help with registration and ownership issues, SCV coding and commercial use.


Maritime Training Academy Diploma in Yacht & Small Craft Surveying
Ocean Yachtmaster , MCA Class IV (Y) training courses & STCW95
Numerous training courses in diesel/hydraulics: Mercedes, Perkins, Gardner, MTU, MAN
Languages spoken : English, French, basic Italian and Spanish
References from owners, captains, managers, refit shipyards, boat builders, naval architects, designers, yacht & insurance brokers, engineers, yacht agencies.
Membership and affiliation with YDSA & IIMS


2004 - 2021  Independent project consultant and surveyor, specializing in wooden and steel yacht restorations for private clients and marine insurance companies.
Senior refit manager at La Ciotat Shipyards, France, on 30 different sail & motor yacht projects from 25m – 50m
1998 - 2004  Restoration manager for 6 large classic yacht restorations in Spain, Italy, UK and France. Rigging, fittings & customized parts specialist for yacht restoration projects.
1976 - 1998  Professional yacht captain of large sailing yachts for private and charter use. Project manager for the repair & refitting of 5 yachts and 5 new construction projects.
1973 -1975  Boatbuilding/repair apprentice J.I. Thorneycroft’s Shipyard (Hampton). River Thames lighterman. Sailmaker with Ratsey & Lapthorn, & rigger at Spencer Rigging, Cowes.




Pre-purchase, damage claims, valuations,

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Vintage restoration techniques Post purchase advice and assistance Repair and refitting advice

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Sourcing specialised tradesmen Historical research Forgotten Trades


Bronze casting, pattern design and making, forged iron, Custom interior fitting



Gardener Marine Diesels


Strummer is a HINCKLEY Pilot 35 that was built in 1967 by the renowned HENRY R. HINCKLEY & COMPANY of Southwest Harbor.

With 117 examples of the Pilot 35 produced in Maine from 1962 through 1975, the Pilot 35 became a true yachting classic. This model assisted in setting the quality & performance standards & expectations for generations of sailors with her superb Sparkman & Stephens Design & Builder's pedigrees and virtually assured her a place in yachting history for almost 60 years now!

She has been maintained over the last 27 years by her experienced owner, with significant upgrades and improvements such as carbon spars, new mainsail & Harken bat-cars, new Spectra head sails, Max Prop 3-blade feathering propeller, and Cape Horn wind vane self-steering so she could race short-handed and competitively and even go transatlantic.

Under new ownership in February 2020, the boat has been given a new Beta 30hp engine, bilge pumps, batteries, charger, inverter, autopilot, solar panels, life-raft, AIS, bimini, gas stove, mattresses,  tender, chest freezer, solar panels. All valves, prop-shaft, bearing, propeller, stern tube, stern gland, windlass and winches have been serviced or replaced. The carbon fibre spars have been lifted ashore for inspection by a professional rigging company. All standing rigging has been replaced in March 2021. The yacht has been ashore for 14 months, she is clear of osmosis/hull blisters. All the work was overseen by a yacht surveyor and completed with a June 2020 condition/valuation report.

Currently located in St. Georges, Grenada, WI.

Asking Price: USD 88,000 (EUR 75,000)

Please contact Michael Pope : mike@ems-survey.com  Tel : +33 613 021 405  or in Grenada +1 473416 8156



• The Hinckley Pilot 35 has a traditional full-length keel with an attached rudder and propeller aperture

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• Awlgrip + non-skid Whisper grey finish • Solid teak forehatch, companionway, lazarette and gas locker hatches • 2 cockpit storage lockers, port & starboard,

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6-berth layout. Mahogany joinery, varnish finish, teak & holly cabin sole throughout, varnished teak panelling white painted overheads, bronze window frames

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Mast, Rigging & Winches



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Navigation, Instrumentation & Communications



  • RAYMARINE EV-1 autopilot, P70Rs control head (2020)
  • Bronze quadrant/cable steering, Edson pedestal stainless rudder stock, emergency tiller
  • CAPE HORN “Spray” integrated wind vane steering, 2 rudders


  • BETA Marine B-30, 3cylinder, Tier3 EPA certified (2020)
  • Gearbox: TMC 40 2:1 Gearbox (2020)
  • Propeller: 3 bladed 15” bronze feathering MAXPROP fully - serviced 2020
  • 1” stainless shaft removed & balanced, split shaft coupling & flexible coupling (2020)
  • PPS dripless shaft stern gland (serviced 2020)
  • Cutlass bearing replaced, & stern gland restored re-bedded with chock fast (2020)
  • Engine control cables Teleflex (new 2020)
  • Monel Fuel Tank:  capacity: 35 gal (tank cleaned 2020)
  • Delco fuel water separator/filter & electric pump (2020)
  • Exhaust gas temperature gauge with alarm (2002)
  • Freshwater engine service flush valve (2002)

Electrical System

  • 3 x 12v AGM 90 amp/hr service batteries (new 2020)
  • 1 x 12v AGM 90 A/h start battery (new 2020)
  • Electrical panel, 12VDC – original,
  • Engine alternator 120 amp
  • Xantrex Truecharge 2 40A battery charger (2020), Victron monitor
  • Victron Phoenix 1200watt invertor (2020)
  • Lighting: 11 cabin lamps, all LED.
  • Solar panels and charge regulator (2020)
  • Lopolight series 200 LED masthead tricolour /anchor light

Plumbing and Bilge

  • Fresh water capacity: 70 USG in 2 stainless steel tanks
  • Pressure hot & cold-water pump and piping (new 2020)
  • Manual pump at galley sink
  • Whale foot pump – seawater
  • Cockpit shower hot/cold mixer
  • Hotpot 15lt (4 gal) hot water heater, electric and engine heated (2002)
  • Whale Supersub Smart Automatic pump with control switch (2002)
  • Whale Gulper 320 12v bilge pump (2020)
  • Whale Gusher Titan manual pump located in cockpit
  • Whale Gusher Titan manual pump located in saloon (2020)
  • High level bilge alarm (2020)
  • WC System: USCG, SEALAND 16gal holding pump and control panel
  • Greywater: Holding tank, 12v sump pump (2020)
  • Deck/anchor chain wash-down seawater pump
  • WEMA water and fuel tank level indicator panel


  • IDEAL MCW 12v vertical capstan/windlass foot switch control (serviced 2020)
  • 12kg Kobra galvanised HHP anchor (New 2020)
  • Heavy-duty stainless-steel chain stopper
  • 100’ 1/4” HT of short-link chain & 200’ of 9/16”  8 plait rode
  • Deck navel pipe & gate for anchor rode feed & storage
  • Stainless steel anchor/chain roller with securing pin
  • 10lb FX16 Fortress deck stowed, chain and ½” 8 plait rode in bag
  • Foredeck LED anchor light 12v (2020)
  • Riding sail for when at anchor


  • Life raft 6 persons, ocean class (new 2020)
  • 3 Inflatable lifejackets with harness, serviced 2020
  • 2 Jack lines and 3 tethers
  • Fireboy FE241 auto fire extinguisher in engine space, serviced 2020
  • 3 ABC powder fire extinguishers, serviced 2020, Fire blanket, smoke detector/alarm
  • Fireboy CO detector/alarm
  • Distress flares, Grab bag,
  • MOM 8A Man Overboard Module
  • Life sling
  • MOB alarm: Auto tether
  • ARC EPIRB, McMurdo PLB + GPS
  • Gas detector/alarm (2020)


  • Valbonne, France
  • Office