We perform Pre-Purchase, Insurance and Finance surveys for yachts and small craft of all sizes. Boat inspections are 19$ per vessel foot and include an in-water portion, out of water and sea-trial. Visit our website or email us for details and to schedule a survey.

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The exhaust hose on this generator is not clamped correctly and is showing cracking where it connects to the muffler. Something like this could potentially kill someone if exhaust gases were to leak into the bilge and find their way into the accommodation spaces. Make sure your exhaust hoses are ...

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Electrolysis at the dock is what lead to the corrosion you see on this outdrive. Many lakes here in North Texas have marinas with elaborate dock "build outs" with all kinds of power cables and cords supplying electricity to refrigerators, ovens, microwaves, telvisions, etc etc. Often times stray ...

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If you feel a vibration while underway, it's usually an indication of a problem! Be sure to periodically check your running gear! Don't assume it's safe to operate just because its a light vibration. The harmonics can cause further damage to your running gear, shaft, transmission and other relate...

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Moisture meter reading off a sailboat. This one had pretty serious hull issues with multiple large ares of de-laminated fiberglass on the hull bottom and deck. You would never be able to tell by just looking at it, but after percussion testing, and then using a moisture meter to confirm the findi...

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Who doesn't love a houseboat? Gibson makes a nice boat but unfortunately they used wood decks and coring for the transoms. In this case the transom and inboard stringers under the engine mounts are de-laminating and rotted. You wouldn't be able to tell by just opening the engine hatch and looking...

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Just a friendly reminder not to beach your fiberglass boat! Sure it's nice and convenient to put your boat right up on the beach, but what's happening to your keel? Sand is extremely abrasive on gelcoat and if done repeatedly can cause fiberglass damage.

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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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. 200$ per hour.
  • Insurance and Damage claims

    Third party insurance damage claim and boat consulting services.


5 days ago
Me not knowing what to look for when shopping for our boat could have lead me to make a poor decision. Thanks to John I didn't have to worry about that. His attention to detail and thoroughness got us the perfect boat and we have been enjoying lake life ever since. Highly recommended for all your surveying needs.
- William
9 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
9 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

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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