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Approved measurer with the YDSA, offering surveys in East Anglia

Tonnage  and Measurement Surveys

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James Burton Solutions Ltd

Since February 2018
I work as a freelance design engineer and marine surveyor, carrying out joinery, systems, composite and metal work design and construction drawings, tonnage measurements, stability assessments and RCD compliance assessments for yachts up to 125'.

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Oyster Yachts

May 2017 - February 2018

I worked as a design engineer for Oyster, providing composite, joinery and metalwork design and construction drawings for yachts between 56 and 67'.

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Goodchild Marine

July 2016 - May 2017

I supported Goodchild Marine with composite and metalwork design and construction drawings for the ORC 17m pilot vessel and the SB Lynx 16m passenger ferry. I was also responsible for compliance with MCA and BV rules and regulations.

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Synolo Design

July 2016 - May 2017

I worked on the systems design and construction drawings for Nautor's Swan 115.1, 115.3  and 115.4. I also supported with structural production drawings, sail handling systems and interior design work for these boats.

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Gunfleet Marine

September 2011 - June 2014

As technical officer for Gunfleet, I was responsible for vessel compliance with RCD and MCA rules and regulations, I produced composite, joinery, systems  and metal work design and construction drawings for the Gunfleet 43 and 58, and was responsible for the creation of technical documentation, production manuals, owner's manuals, commissioning and QA reports.

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Hanse Yachts

October 2008 - August 2011

I worked on the development and construction drawings for systems, joinery, composite and metalwork for the Dehler 32, Hanse 475, Hanse 545, Moody 45 Classic and Moody 62 DS, as well as deck design for the Fjord 36 open and interior design for the Moody 62 DS, Fjord 40 Curiser and Hanse 630.

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Christian Grande Design Works

September 2006 - September 2008

Christian Grande was the design studio responsible for the exterior and interior design for Sessa Marine motor yachts. I worked on the interior design and deck design for motor yachts between 28 and 68'.


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Chartered Engineer

Registered as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) with the Engineering Council since 2023.


Member of the Yacht Designers and Surveyors Association since 2019.


Member of the Royal Insitution of Naval Architects since 2019.

International Institute of Marine Surveying

BTEC Higher National Certificate in Marine Surveying, 2015

Focusing on materials and corrosion, naval architecture and the survey of small crafts - composite constructions, engines, systems, mechanical installations, rigs and sails.

Politenico di Milano

Master's degree in Yacht Design, 2007

Covering principles of yacht design, naval architecture, shipbuilding, systems, structures, interior design and marine production management.

University of Valladolid

Bachelor's degree in Industrial Design Engineering, 2006

Covering drafting, mecanical systems, plugs and moulds, CAD and materials science and engineering.

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