Southern Marine Surveying

Boat Inspector
201 E Eldorado Pkwy Apt 2129, Little Elm, TXOpening at 6:00 AMOpen today until 8:00 PMSorry, we're closed
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Posted on Feb 16, 2019

Survey on a 1996 Arriva 2252 at Lake Bastrop. We survey boats of All sizes and will travel throughout the state of Texas. We also provide Captain services for anyone needing a licensed USCG master.

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Posted on Feb 4, 2019

This exhaust hose has been repaired with ductape, and also is being supported by the vinyl strap as seen. When it comes to the exhaust system on your boat, the utmost care must be taken to ensure it is properly maintained and cared for because of the possibility of exhaust leaks and CO poisoning ...

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Posted on Jan 24, 2019

In this picture we have several findings. The first and most obvious is the green bonding wire that is disconnected. Because of this the entire bonding system is compromised, and could lead to corrosion problems throughout the vessel. But where does this bonding wire go? If you look at the string...

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Posted on Jan 12, 2019

At first glance the area next to this anchor windlass might look fine. But upon closer inspection and percussion testing, it was discovered there is a 10"x10" soft spot just to the left of the windlass. Soft spots on the deck aren't always a deal breaker and are fairly common on older boats, but ...

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Posted on Jan 4, 2019

Automatic fire extinguishing systems like the Fireboy Halon system seen here, can save your life (and vessel) in the event of an emergency, but only if it is periodically inspected and maintained. If you look closely you will see the inspection tag hanging on the top of the bottle. The bottle nee...

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Posted on Dec 10, 2018

When looking for an older boat to buy, it is easy to overlook "small details" such as whether all the helm gauges and instruments work or not. Here at Southern Marine Surveying we test all the gauges and accessories to ensure proper operation as one of the many "small details" we take time to ins...

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Posted on Nov 26, 2018

With the freezing temperatures approaching remember to either winterize your engine(s) or plug your bilge heater in! Always use a USCG approved, ignition protected bilge heater to prevent a fire. We recommend the Twin Hornet 550w bilge heater as seen in the picture. If you have a boat over 30 fee...

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Boat Inspections

  • Full Boat Survey/Inspection

    Boat surveys and inspections for insurance, finance, and pre-purchase decision making.
  • Boat Captain Services

    Captain services, consulting, boat handling and operating lessons.
  • Insurance and Damage claims

    Third party insurance damage claim and boat consulting services.


5 months ago
As far as I am concerned John is the best marine surveyor out there. His communication from the initial call, through scheduling, and then after providing the survey report was exceptional. It stands out that he takes pride in his ability to deliver customer service and his attention to detail for his clients. He even took the time to accommodate my schedule and go through every detail of the report at 8pm at night. Very much appreciated. John is extremely knowledgeable and I would recommend Southern Marine to everyone I can.
- Reeves C
5 months ago
John's communication in advance of the survey was timely and informative. His inspection of the boat we were looking at was methodical and thorough. For us as new boat owners, we very much appreciated John's willingness to answer not only specific questions about the boat he was inspecting but more general boating questions. We not only highly recommend John to anyone looking to purchase a used boat but would not hesitate to use his services again ourselves. His report was well worth the cost. Thanks John. Bob and Gina.
- Bob B
4 months ago
John did an excellent job of inspecting every system on my boat, all on short notice. He was very informative and willing to explain all the items and systems as they were inspected. I highly recommend Southern Marine Surveying for any size vessel.
- Joe Q

Marine Surveyor

SAMS (Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors) Marine Surveyor and USCG Licensed Master specializing in pre-purchase, insurance and finance related needs. Yacht and boat inspector.

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201 E Eldorado Pkwy Apt 2129
Little Elm, TX 75068
United States

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Mon:6:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Tue:6:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Wed:6:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Thu:6:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Fri:6:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sat:6:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sun:6:00 AM – 8:00 PM