Michael Carter is an Accredited member of the Yacht Designers &
Surveyors Association (YDSA) which is the membership grade only
offered to qualified surveyors. He has served on the YDSA national
committee since 2003. In 2004 Michael was awarded the title of
‘Surveyor of the Year’ and presented with the ‘Leslie Oliver
Michael is an elected member of the Royal
Institute of Naval Architects, in recognition of his expertise and
experience as a marine surveyor.
Michael was born into a family that lived on a Royalty Class
historic Narrowboat in the 1960's. As he grew older his family moved
into a canal side cottage but throughout childhood his daily life
remained centred around boats and the water resulting in a way of
life and passion for boats becoming a professional career. At first
this was with the restoration of various historic craft and the
maintenance of leisure craft which was then followed by achieving a
university honours degree and diploma as a mature student in the
late 1980’s and early 1990’s.
In the 1980's Michael set up what became a well respected and
successful boat repair and maintenance business in the North West of
England which also included the operation of the Dry-docks at
Worsley, near Manchester, which are thought to be the oldest inland
drydocks in the country.
By the mid to late 1990’s the increased demands for formal
assessments on the condition of vessels for maintenance scheduling
and insurance considerations, combined with the existing engine
failure analysis consultancy led to a shift away from the management
of a small team of repairers to full time surveying and consultancy.
In addition to the traditional roles of surveying and consultancy
Michael is often called upon to provide training on some of the
technical aspects of the work he carries out and he is a qualified
teaching instructor for the Royal Yachting Association (RYA).
In addition to working with boats Michael has an interest in several
narrow boats and barges jointly owned and operated by his direct
Dr Roger Lorenz
Sadly Roger died on April 8th 2013 after battling
with a debilitating illness for quite some time. Most of his client
work is being continued by Mike Carter.