Meet the Team

Duncan Saunders

Duncan Saunders graduated from the University of Southampton with a degree in Ship Science in 1992. Several years spent refitting 35m high speed ferries in Southampton was followed by the start of his small craft surveying career in Gosport in 1994. His time in Gosport allowed Ducan to gain experience in all manner of craft from small sailing dinghies to 95m Superyachts. At this time Duncan passed the International Institute of Marine Surveyors Diploma in Marine Surveying and became a full Member of the IIMS.

In 2000, Duncan moved to Hamble where he continued his surveying, gaining experience of insurance claim work and the RCD.  Joining the YDSA in 2001 Duncan has progressed through Associate, Accredited and Full member grades and was awarded a Fellowship after a period of 15 years on Committee, the last two as President.  More recently he has trained as a Level 1 Thermography Inspector and level 2 Ultrasound NDT Inspector.

Duncan is a Fellow of the Yacht Designers and Surveyors Association and a member of the YDSA Large Yacht Group.  He is experienced in all aspects of survey, NDT, SCV, Insurance Claim and Expert Witness work.  Duncan’s technical background compliments Hugo's skills perfectly.

Hugo Morgan-Harris

At 16, Hugo started a five year apprenticeship at an historic boatyard in the south coast, where he carried out restoration and repair work of classic yachts. After his apprenticeship, and for a further five years, Hugo continued his career in boat building, being involved in composite construction of a string of successful racing yachts and carrying out day to day repairs and maintenance onboard modern production yachts and motor boats. 

Ten years of practical industry experience was followed by further study and a surveying qualification from Southampton Institute, allowing Hugo to join the Yacht Designers & Surveyors Association and to establish himself as a self-employed surveyor. After a year running his own surveying practice, Hugo joined a south coast surveying team where be became principal surveyor after two and half years.

In 2003, Hugo became an associate member of the YDSA and was nominated to receive the surveyor of the year award, the “Leslie Oliver Trophy”. Hugo sat on the YDSA Certifying Authority for commercial vessel coding in 2005 and has been an active member of the committee since, upgrading to YDSA full member status in 2011. He is now part of the YDSA Large Yacht Group due to ongoing work in the superyacht sector. 

Hugo holds a diploma in small craft surveying. is a member of the International Institute of Marine Surveyors and has Ultrasound Level 1 & 2 Certificates for carrying out NDT Ultrasound inspections. 


Alex Cory

Alex comes from a sailing family and spent most of him time on the water as a child: yacht and dinghy sailing, and windsurfing. After leaving school, it came as no suprise when Alex followed in his grandfather's footsteps and went to work in the yachting industry, training as a boat builder, building wooden and GRP boats at the Marine Builders Training Trust in Woolston.

After four years working for Sunsail and other charter companies teaching sailing, Alex moved towards super yachts and spent twenty years working as captain/engineer. During this time Alex also acted as owner's representative for a number of new builds, overseeing major refits and undertaking yearly yard maintenance.

Alex has travelled extensively in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, both with and without owners and guests, so has experience in many different aspects of the yachting industry. 

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