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Re: Insurance rant - How would you respond

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Originally Posted by ebs001 View Post
Maybe you figure if you wait long enough you can again post your incorrect assertion that all marine surveyors are not accredited. Please refer to Maine Sails post #17.
Dog Ship is correct. Anyone can call themselves a surveyor and there is no law or rule they have to belong to any particular organization. That said most (but not all) insurance companies will only accept reports from a SAMS or NAMS accredited surveyor. SAMS and NAMS have some strict requirements and require all members to keep continuing education in an effort to keep members up to date. It is an expensive process to maintain membership in good standing. This does not mean all members are good surveyors but it helps weed out the wannabes from the professionals. Being a member means you have trained in the standards and you follow basic guidelines for report formats. There is more involved than just finding problems and this why reports get turned down from non members. A survey needs to be an appraiser, an inspector, an expert on standards, an expert on insurance and have some knowledge of maritime law as well as knowing how boats are built and how to look for problem signs. He needs to understand engines, electrical systems and structure.
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