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Old 11-06-2010, 13:26   #1
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Question for Marine Surveyors

How did you get started in Marine Surveying?

Looking over the NAMS site i couldn't find any real info on how marine surveyors get their training? I ask because I'm not happy with the survey we had conducted, and it got me wondering how the surveyor we used decided he was qualified (even though he had the NAMS, SAMS, he missed what I consider to be blatant issues with the vessel).

We had guys making $10/hr in the boatyard that seemed more knowledgeable about the condition of the boat than the surveyor was. I could have paid them $40 and gotten a better survey.

So, just curious if there are any surveyors on here and how they got into surveying. What background or training did you come from?
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Old 11-06-2010, 19:59   #2
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Most surveyors I know got tired of turning wrenches.
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Old 11-06-2010, 23:18   #3
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Many years ago took a long course on Wooden boat survey with Sam Slaymaker at the Wooden Boat School in Maine. The course took place at the School but also visited many of Maine's coastal boat yards and builders.
Had arranged to do a course on West Epoxy - but this had been over booked by the time I got there.
From that time onwards was able to add practical experience on how and what to survey for a client.
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