Tuesday, 13 December 2016

A Guide to Understanding and Selecting Skilled Marine Surveyors


Marine surveyors have a lot of experience and an extensive range of specialties. It is important to select the right person for the yacht in need of a survey.

There are surveying organizations dedicated to screening, policing, accrediting and educating their members.

The two renowned organizations in the US are NAMS (National Association of Marine Surveyors) and SAMS (Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors). SAMS offers its members a "Surveyor Associate" or (SA) level for 3-5 years of their membership. There is an option to upgrade to "Accredited Marine Surveyor" (AMS) when an SA fulfils the surveying requirements. The most familiar AMS designation is "Yachts & Small Craft". Members with the "Engines" designation are a key group within the recreational market. NAMS has a set of three levels from Apprentice to an Associate followed by Certified Marine Surveyor (CMS) with "Yachts & Small Craft".

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