Our Marine Yacht Surveyor's
Spheredawn has two specialist marine yacht and boat surveyors who's knowledge and experience compliments each other in a way which gives Spheredawn a massive knowledge base. They are Derek Levy and Ed Horne-Wingett.
A fully qualified naval architect with extensive experience within the offshore industry and with a life long love of sailing. He has in recent years concentrated on smaller craft.
Derek started sailing in 1971 which quickly became a passion, and later a career. After graduating with honors in Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding (1981), Derek was manager of Naval Architecture for Noble Denton for ten years and acted extensively as a Marine Warranty Surveyor.
He has held contract positions with major operator and contracting companies including Project Management posts with companies such as Texaco and British Petroleum. He has also developed ISM compliant safety management systems.
Derek founded Spheredawn in 1989 and has really enjoyed working on a number of craft varying from a 19ft GRP trailer-sailor to a 50m luxury motor yacht. He has also surveyed large commercial vessels up to 250,000dwt supertankers.
Derek is particularly familiar with steel and also works with aluminum, timber and fiberglass (GRP).
Derek Levy combines a solid academic background with a conscientious approach and unique resourcefulness gained from many years in the offshore industry. Derek is published in a book called An Introduction to Offshore Maintenance (OPL).
Derek sits as scrutineer and vice chair of the YDSA coding authority committee and sits on the main committee.
Qualifications and memberships:
- BSc (Hons) Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding (Newcastle)
- (accredited or associate member) Yacht Designers and Surveyors Association (YDSA / YBDSA)
- Marine Engineers Certifying Authority Limited (MECAL)
- (Full member) International Institute of Marine Surveyors (IIMS)
- Member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA)
- Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)
- RYA Yacht master (sail)
Ed graduated with B.Sc honors in maritime studies specializing in yacht manufacturing and surveying.
He also took the IIMS diploma in marine surveying as part of our ongoing professional development, rather than as a route to surveying, gaining the highest mark possible.
Ed is a accredited or associate member of the Yacht designers and surveyors association (YDSA), a full member of the IIMS and a member survey of the marine engineers coding authority (MECAL).
Ed has over 10 years of professional marine industry experience from hands on in boat yards, running the repairs for a large sailing school, deliveries and engineering experience. He has over 60,000 yacht sea miles.
Ed also holds many RYA instructors qualifications, as well as the Yachtmaster Ocean commercial certificate in both sail and power, a qualification awarded to experienced skippers. He is particularly familiar with FRP/ GRP and also works with steel, aluminum and timber.
Ed combines a solid academic background with experience and determined approach to investigating any craft.
In recent years Ed has surveyed everything from a 2 man rowing boat to a 40m Luxury superyacht.