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Selecting a Marine Surveyor

February 24, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 171

How to select a Marine Surveyor... it's more difficult than meets the eye.

You just found the boat of your dreams and you set out in selecting a surveyor to give you a report that you can use to get that financing and insurance so you can close the deal and start playing captain.

Your task in selecting a Marine Surveyor is more difficult than meets the eye as you will see in the following examples. Marine Surveying is not a regulated or licensed industry. Anyone can call himself a Marine Surveyor and it will be up to you, the client, whether you think he's qualified or not! Scrutinize liberally.

I have been/am a member of SAMS, US Surveyors, and other Societies and Associations so I'm in a position to explain exactly what that means. It means that the surveyor paid his dues! There might be a partial open book test and some other requirements but it is certainly no proof of qualification although they make it sound like it is! A true measure of qualification is, for example, a seminar or course involving at least several days followed by a closed book test and proctored. If you pass, you become certified in that particular knowledge base. Such certifications are issued by the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC). To earn an ABYC certification you must pass a test after at least a several days seminar. They are not easy and demonstrate proficiency in that particular knowledge base. Then you must re-take that test every few years to maintain competency!

If anything, the positive side of belonging to an Association or Society is that the surveyor is committed enough to the profession to pay dues and belong to an organization. Belonging to a Society is no measure of competency.

On the other hand, The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) is the authority and final word on non-commercial vessels and the report that you will receive after a survey is based on those standards! ABYC educates professionals in the marine field and ABYC has the final word on boat building and spell out the details of anything marine. Certifications by ABYC are a true measure of competency.

This is what I mean by "More than meets the eye."

Sorry to make all this seem like time-consuming work but you need to protect your hard-earned dollar no matter how much of a rush you are to get things going in acquiring the love of your life. Do your homework and select with care!

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