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Teaming Up With Knox Marine!

I am excited and proud to announce that I have officially partnered with Knox Marine Surveyors & Consultants. Knox Marine specializes in damage claim investigations and currently has 8 SAMS Accredited Marine Surveyors, myself included, covering the majority of the East Coast.  Collectively we have over 180 years of marine experience between us. KNOX MARINE SURVEYORS Steve Knox, SAMS-AMS, NAMS-CMS, Richmond, Virginia Val Lippa, SAMS-AMS, Norfolk, Virginia Bill Patterson, SAMS-AMS, Richmond, Virginia Rick Milner, SAMS-AMS, Norfolk, Virginia Pete Eaves, SAMS-AMS, Norfolk, Virginia Doug Alling, SAMS-AMS, Charleston SC Jeff Kibler, SAMS-AMS, Charleston, SC Dylan Bailey, SAMS-AMS, St. Augustine, FL More info about Knox Marine can be found at KnoxMarine.com. I will continue to work out of Charleston and I WILL CONTINUE TO CONDUCT CONDITION & VALUE SURVEYS, just not as frequently.  So please feel free to call and check my availability.  If nothing else, I'm happy to give you my 2 cents about the boat you're looking at or recommend other capable surveyors in the Charleston area. Jeff...

“NOMADICA” Finally Splashes

This summer I had the opportunity to conduct two separate surveys (tonnage and C&V) on a completely refit Baron Shipyard 60' steel-hull cutter named “NOMADICA”. I had seen this boat before, years ago when it was still named “KATA BRAVA”.  I don't remember much about it, other than she looked pretty rough.  I couldn’t believe this was the same boat when I stepped onboard years later. The new owners, Cheryl and Morgan Morice, spent over 4 years bringing this boat back to life. There are no words I could write that would do the refit justice. And while I’d love to get into the nitty gritty details here, it’s much more informative and enjoyable to read about the process from the Morice’s themselves on nomadicadventures.net. Cheryl and Morgan are both accomplished blue water sailors. They have sailed everywhere from the Mediterranean to New Zealand to Antarctica, so it’s no surprise that their current plan for “NOMADICA” is an ambitious one.  After a “breaking...

June & July 2017 – Welcome to the Jungle

The weather in June was a tease.  Just when I thought we might get a mild summer for once, July proved to be the most oppressively hot month in recent memory.  Between the 100-degree heat index and daily thunderstorms, the lowcountry feels more like a jungle. The only thing hotter might be the boating industry.  Typically we see a summer slump once we get into the dog-days, but boats are still selling like crazy.  And this late-summer surge appears to be nationwide.  Surveyor friends from around the country are reporting non-stop action from the Pacific Northwest to Texas to New England. I guess it shouldn't be too surprising.  The economy is healthy and most boatbuilders appear to be fully healed after the 2008-2011 financial pounding.  There's more money to spend and more builders to buy from.  But what goes up must come down.  We're all just holding on tight and enjoying the ride while we can. Nothing too unusual on the survey front...
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