Directory of Marine Surveyors
Welcome! This directory is designed to help you find a professional marine surveyor in your area. Please note that BoatUS does not endorse or guarantee the performance of surveyors. No warranties expressed or implied are intended or created by this directory. Any questions regarding the scope of a surveyor's inspection, their cost or the content of the reports should be discussed with the surveyor.
Here's how to get the most useful survey for your money:
- Be sure to let the surveyor know the purpose for which you are requesting the survey. If the reason is for the purchase of a boat, or to fulfill an insurance requirement, ask for a full condition and value (C&V) survey. This type of report will typically estimate the current market value for the boat today, the value to rebuild the boat in today dollars in addition to a detailed description of the construction and condition of the hull and major systems (i.e. electrical, fuel, machinery, rigging, etc.).
- Make certain it is clear from the report that the surveyor has inspected the boat for compliance with the current boating safety standards set by the National Fire Protection Association (N.F.P.A.) and the American Boat and Yacht Council (A.B.Y.C.), as well as U.S. Coast Guard standards.
- Some surveyors offer abbreviated one or two page opinions, which they'll often refer to as an insurance inspection. This type of brief format will usually be rejected for insurance underwriting purposes since it omits details on the condition of the boat and its systems that are necessary for risk analysis.
- It is always appropriate to ask the surveyor for a copy of a resume, as well as a sample survey of the type that you are requesting.
- Generally surveys completed by persons directly associated with boat yards, marinas or brokers will not be accepted for insurance due to the potential for a conflict of interest.
- In most cases surveys done by insurance company personnel will not be accepted due to their brevity and lack of detail.
- Hauling is generally required on wooden, steel, or aluminum boats; boats which have sustained damage; and older hulls (request a quotation fo details on your particular situation).
If you are selecting a surveyor in order to obtain insurance through the BoatUS program, please note the following:
The National Association of Marine Surveyors (NAMS) and the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS) are professional organizations that have instituted rigorous examination programs for their membership. BoatUS Marine Insurance underwriters will accept value surveys or pre-purchase surveys from those surveyors who have received the SAMS designation of "AMS" with a specialized classification of "Y-SC" (yacht and small craft) or NAMS designation of "CMS" with a specialized service code of "A" (yacht and small craft).