Yacht consultancy

A Boreal 47 at anchor

Colin Speedie has a lifetime of experience in the building and modification of yachts for commercial and ocean-going exploration to remote places. Clients take advantage of his knowledge to specifically select and create appropriate yachts for high latitude or world-cruise sailing, from the choice of construction material to the selection of equipment.

Colin is currently working with a number of owners on new-build yachts, the first of which was launched in May 2013. These have been primarily in conjunction with Boreal yachts in Treguier, France, builders of an award-winning range of aluminium expedition yachts – but he is of course happy to work with the builder of your choice. A few testimonials from existing clients are included below.

Having an encyclopaedic knowledge of yachts and their construction, Colin also offers a consultancy service for pre-owned boats, to help clients narrow down the field of potential craft or individual boats to best suit their requirements. See our Get in Touch page to contact Colin.

Testimonials from clients:

S/V Shadowfax

S/V Shadowfax

Tim Good – Chairman, Matthew Good Foundation, Director, John Good Shipping, S/V Shadowfax, a Seastream 43 :

” In 2013 I was looking for substantial boat to be used in both mid and high latitudes as a liveaboard and for conservation projects in the Philippines.  I managed to get in touch with Colin via the renowned website and resource, Attainable Adventure Cruising, on which he European correspondent.  On paper his experience was vast but then so is that of almost every surveyor / marine consultant.  I commissioned Colin to spend 4-5 hours doing an appraisal on a very complex yacht in Falmouth, England. Over the next 6 months I had two surveyors, a marine electrician, an engineer and yard manager appraise the boat.

A Boreal-44 taking shape in the factory

A Boreal-44 taking shape in the factory

All I can say is that the service I received from Colin far surpassed the combined effort of the other professionals.  I am yet to find anyone as technically knowledgeable on all aspects of sailing yachts, especially those designed for high latitudes. ”

Boréal 47 owner:

” Working with Colin was extremely helpful and his advice paid for itself over and over again in catching issues and problems before they got serious. Best of all, his advice is level headed and truly salty.

Our boat and subsequent experiences (now 15,000 nm and counting) is significantly improved because of his efforts on our behalf. “