Marine Surveyors in the United States are not part of a
regulated industry. Anyone can call himself a marine surveyor
and begin bumbling about a boat and writing a “survey”.
Selecting a surveyor is truly a decision where caveat emptor
applies. A reputable marine surveyor acts as your advocate.
Often an unbiased survey report is the only thing protecting you, your family, and your friends from a
potentially unsafe vessel. Not to mention the enormous financial
implications of purchasing a potentially unfit vessel.
Regardless of the marine surveyor you choose, you should feel
comfortable discussing all issues with him, his qualifications,
and to have a clear understanding of the content and quality of
the end product that you expect.
Most qualified marine
surveyors belong to one or more professional associations and are
bound to a strict code of ethics and business practices. For
example I am an Accredited Marine Surveyor (AMS #965) in the Society of Marine Surveyors ("SAMS"). All my surveys are
conducted with consideration to the recommendations of these bodies,
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regulations of the American Boat and Yacht Council
("ABYC"), and the National Fire Prevention Association ("NFPA").
addition to these important organizations, I also participate in
a number of sharply focused associations and exchanges (please
Memberships page for more details).
Not all marine
surveyors go to this length, but I believe continuing education
is a fundamental tenet to provide my clients with the best
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