Independent Yacht / Marine Surveyors and Consultants
HWP1949Hingham
 
  • HWP1949Hingham
    Henry Pickersgill, age 3 1/2 in 1949, shown aboard the family-built Blue Jay sloop at the Hingham Yacht Club. Henry got his racing start at this age, crewing for older sister, Sally, in the Pickersgill family's George Lawley designed and built Hingham Dwarf racing dinghy.
  • HinghamYachtClub
    Henry Pickersgill, age 16 in 1962. Hired for the summer to drive at the Hingham Yacht Club launch. He was hired because of experience at driving the club launch since age 7, as well as the family 23-foot Luhrs. Henry went on to drive club launches during college years for the Boston Yacht Club at the busy Marblehead Harbor.
  • WorldOneTonCuoSydney1972
    United States Sailing Team 1972 - crew photo taken aboard the custom S&S 37-foot One Tonner, “COLUMBINE” at the Cruising Yacht Club, Rushcutter’s Bay, Sydney, Australia during the World One Ton Cup. Crew listed from left to right: Jim Dahl, Jeff Foster, David Kellett, (helmsman) Henry Pickersgill, Al Delasandro, (Owner) Bruce Eissner.
  • HWPSteeringNewportBucket
    Cockpit of "SUMMERWIND" 100-foot 1929 John Alden Schooner. Henry Pickersgill at the helm on a practice day for the 2009 "Super Yacht Bucket." Owner/Skipper J. Don Williamson, also in the cockpit, was often heard to say: "I just hope she''s fast" … referring to SummerWind, at that point being untested on the race course. And fast she proved to be.

About

Nearly 50 years of professional marine experience in virtually all phases of the industry, both power and sail, have provided Henry Pickersgill with a unique and comprehensive background for marine surveying.

Boating experience began at a very young age in New England with power and sail boats owned by the family. School summers in Hingham and Marblehead, Massachusetts were spent sailing and driving yacht club launches.

Offshore experience was gained through racing, and power and sail deliveries. Later, an extensive ocean racing career included numerous championships and sea time logged on most oceans of the world.

Positions as yacht broker with well known and respected firms such as the Northrop & Johnson office at Ted Hood's Little Harbor Boat Yard, John G. Alden of Boston and J.B. Hargrave in West Palm Beach followed. Nearly a decade was also spent employed at Florida Diesel and Marine Service in Riviera Beach, at that time one of the largest most active boat yards and engine dealers in South Florida. Experience was gained in service and repair of all types of production, custom and commercial vessels. Responsibilities included sea trial captain and delivery duty for literally hundreds of vessels, power and sail, including megayachts well over 100 ft.

His survey work involves classic sailing yachts to high-tech sportsfisherman to motoryachts. See Survey Highlights.

Mr. Pickersgill, a 30-year resident of Florida, presently lives with his family in Jupiter Farms, which is an easy drive to all of the South Florida yachting centers including Stuart, Palm Beach Gardens, W. Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. His current marine survey practice is throughout the United States, in Europe, and in the Caribbean.

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