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Some Things Your Should Know

The Company

Florida Nautical Surveyors has been in business since 1990. Our team of surveyors is led by the founder, Malcolm Elliott who has spent his working life in the marine field starting in 1970 as an engineering cadet officer, rising quickly through the ranks to be a chief engineer in his twenties, owning a marine engineering and boat building company, traveling the world as a trouble shooter for a major shipping company before settling in Florida and starting FNS in 1990. Our team is comprised of licensed Captains or senior engineers with diverse backgrounds encompassing experience in circumnavigations, engineering, major refurbishments, new build projects and yacht management.

These surveyors certainly know their craft, and each one has been trained by Malcolm Elliott, founder and president of Florida Nautical Surveyors, to inspect each vessel to his exacting requirements. All of Mr. Elliott’s surveyors are very familiar with and able to competently apply the rules, regulations and standards as required by the various Federal and International bodies.

In order for clients to have an understanding of what we do and how we do it, our team encourages clients to be present for surveys. We give a straight-forward, easy-to-understand report which is prepared that day by the surveyor and ready to email or fax by the next morning.

Malcolm Elliott is on the membership committee of the Association of Certified Marine Surveyors and it was him that has extended the test questions from a modest 20 set by other Associations to the formal paper now used by his committee that includes over 110 questions and are more appropriate to the surveyors area.

On some yachts we are requested to bring in manufacturer or dealer technicians and we ensure that all of the technicians are fully trained and certified for the work required. This is particularly important with marine engines when it is so easy for so called engine surveyors to purchase a computer and the software and then say they are certified. Many are not and you could be looking at many thousands of dollars in repair costs because the surveyor was not up to date on all particulars on that engine. Ask to see their certificate before paying for a report stating that there are some oil leaks.

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