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About Boat Certification

Boat Certification - Origins and Philosophy

How We Started

CEproof Wales, North West & Ireland is run by Ian Curtis and Craig Morris. Between them Ian and Craig have nearly fifty years of experience in the marine industry. In 2003 CEproof (East Coast) Ltd was formed. The company has established itself as a leader in the industry, specialising in the Recreational Craft Directive. Working with some of the UK's and Europe's largest boat builders and boat importers, CEproof helps its customers ensure that the craft that they build or import achieve compliance with EU standards. CEproof have offices around the world and we all work very closely with each other to ensure that our customers receive outstanding service.

In 2006 Bob Scott, Director of CEproof Wales and North West Ltd decided to move on to pastures new.After many years as a Chief Engineer on ocean-going ships and small boat construction as a hobby, Bob Scott started his own business as a marine surveyor. With his professional approach and award-winning, easily understood reports, he quickly built a reputation for reliability and excellent service. This led him to base his survey office in Conwy, close to many of North Wales' and the North West' coastal ports and marinas. 
Development of the company later enabled boat certification to be undertaken, such as CE marking under the Recreational Craft Directive, and MCA coding through MECAL and the YDSA. From small boat owners through to commercial builders there was a growth in demand for help with current legislation in conjunction with our other certification services. High demand for certification work, particularly CE marking, led to the decision to concentrate on this area only and discontinue the more general forms of vessel survey.

As experts in CE Marking and already running CEproof (East Coast) Ltd, Ian Curtis and Craig Morris were a natural choice for Bob to approach when the decision had been made to move on.

Why Choose Us?

  • Professional expertise: our background, experience, and our dedicated, professional approach mean that our services and advice are informed and reliable - something worth knowing, when you may be about to invest a lot of money in a project. 
  • Peace of mind: your safety, and that of your passengers or clients, is just not worth risking. We ensure that your vessel meets all the requirements of the particular certification and that your documentation is correct.
  • Versatility: for informal, practical advice you'll find us approachable and willing to help. At the other end of the scale, we're qualified to handle the complex demands of commercial boat-builders and operators.

Where else can all your marine survey requirements be met in one place?

Ian Curtis - Director

Ian_Curtis_inflates_the_Sonic_Boom_aboard_Swordsman_40_smallIan undertakes all survey types and certification work including stability and structure. Ian's family own one of the longest established boat builders on the Norfolk Broads. Specialising in wooden boat building and repairs together with what is probably the largest wooden hire fleet in Europe. Ian's main focus is on the technical side of the business.

Craig Morris - Director

Craig_MorrisCraig started his career in the marine industry as an engineer. His preference was always to be involved in the sales and marketing side of the business and as soon as the opportunity arose Craig left the spannering to others and was involved in marine sale for 17 years. In 2003 Craig started CEproof (East Coast) Ltd. Craig has extensive boat experience. He sails, has a RIB and enjoys motor cruising. Craig always says that as long as he is on the water he is happy, even if it is in a pedello.