Bob Fleck is the senior surveyor for Melfort Marine Surveys, carrying out the majority of the surveys, calling on the services of a colleague when needed for larger jobs, and with a mechanical and electrical engineer on call when more specialised knowledge is required. Bob has been a sailor since his teens and has worked professionally in the marine industry for over 30 years. He started crewing and then skippering charter yachts before starting his own charter company and sailing school. During the winters he worked freelance in local boatyards. He ran the charter company for over ten years before starting work on a more regular basis in a local boatyard as well as running the sailing school and working as a freelance skipper and sailing instructor. During this period he qualified with a Diploma with Merit in Marine Surveying from the International Institute of Marine Surveying, mentored by the highly respected Maitland Murray of Murray Cormack Associates.. He worked full time as a surveyor before being asked to take over running the workshop at Ardfern Yacht Centre. Ardfern is the only remaining full service yard in Scotland with a team including boatbuilders, engineers and riggers and has a UK and international reputation as a centre of excellence and is the go to yard when sailing in Scotland. After nearly 14 years at Ardfern Bob felt the time was right to return to surveying. The experience and the depth of knowledge he has gained while running the workshop is matched by few working in the industry today and has greatly enhanced his skills as a surveyor. As an experienced sailor and a boat owner, he understands customers needs and will always act with honesty and integrity. He is a member of both the IIMS and the YDSA and also acts as assessor for the UHI boatbuilding apprentice scheme in Argyll.