Pre purchase boat surveys normally include a complete bottom inspection.

Pilothouse Marine Services


Florida Independent Accredited Marine Surveyor AMS®
Powerboat, Sailboat, or Houseboat Marine Surveys.

A complete pre purchase marine survey should include a operational underway sea trial
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As a qualified Marine Surveyor, accredited with the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS®), certified by American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC®), and working in the Florida region, I will use my extensive experience in the development of a realistic and dependable indication of the condition, value, and associated risks of any marine vessel, pleasure or commercial. The typical survey includes a complete inspection of the subject boat, yacht, or ship and a full report detailing each system in an easy to understand format. Buyers, insurance underwriters, or financial institutions may then consider this information to assist in their decision making process. My goal is to ensure that all clients receive professional and honest services at a reasonable rate in the most ethical manner. I work for you and keep your interest in mind at all times!
Marine Survey Types and Services
Pre-Purchase Marine Surveys
This is the most extensive and inclusive type of inspection and is advisable when considering the purchase of any pre-owned boat or yacht regardless of its age or reputation. Outward appearance, condition, and functionality of the boat should be covered including, the hulls structural integrity, electrical components and wiring, the drive system, fuel transfer system, other propulsion modules, electronic and navigation equipment, onboard support systems, and additional safety equipment. The evidence of previous maintenance, or lack of, should also be considered. Additionally, an out of water bottom inspection and a operational sea trial should be included.

Insurance Marine Surveys
This service is performed to assist the insurance carrier in the determination of risk involved for a particular vessel. Their interests include structural integrity, safety, as well as its intended use. Many insurance companies require a survey on a particular boat or yacht before coverage is offered. They will also have a vested interest in the boats fair market and replacement values. Most marine insurance compamies require a SAMS or NAMS surveyor for acceptance of reports.

Valuation Inspection
This inspection is performed in order to obtain adequate data or information solely for the determination the fair market value of the boat, yacht, or ship. This is often required for financial considerations, estate dispositions, charitable donations or litigation.

Damage Inspection
This investigation is performed to demonstrate or determine the extent and cause of a reported casualty. The resulting report may be used for claim indemnification or protestation. Normally, this inspection is required to assist in the insurance claims settlement process and could include recommended repairs, estimated repair costs, and if requested, possible cause.

Shipping / Cargo / Container Survey
This type survey inspection generally involves the verification and inspection of cargo for transport via ocean going vessels. A detailed report may included the quantity and condition of the cargo, the method of handling, loading, or stuffing, the techniques used for blocking, lashing and bracing, the type and location of hazardous materials, and a review of the bill of lading and other shipping documents.

Video Presentation
This examination is offered to save the prospective buyer the time and expense of visiting the vessel personally. A video of the entire boat will be converted to DVD or MPEG format and shipped or posted as directed. This method can be very useful in determining if further interest in a particular boat, yacht, or ship is warranted.

Quotes for all marine survey types available from the link at the top of this page.

What's New

Fishing Vessel Regulations effective October 16, 2012 (more)

Dept of Homeland Security USCG 46 CFR
Inspection of Towing Vessels, Proposed

Spent 3 days at the Miami Florida Boat Show attending seminars and seeing the latest in boat designs and marine product innovations.

Attended and successfully completed a 28 hour course on the Fundamentals of the Damage and Claims Marine Survey at Chapman's School of Seamanship located in Stuart, Florida.

Attended the Orlando Florida Boat Show sponsored by the Marine Industries Association of Central Florida



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Sailboat and catamaran standing / running rig inspections.
Galvanic corrosion surveys and isolator testing.
Lightning dissipation and protection consultation.
Bonding systems and metal protection designs.
Moisture meter analysis and lab testing.
Contact Information Qualifications
Marine Surveyor Paul B. Murphey

Accredited Member of SAMS-AMS® Florida List

Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors

Telephone number (407) 758-6593

United States Coast Guard Licensed Master

100 Ton Near Coastal

Postal Address P.O. Box 770541

Winter Garden, FL. 34777

American Boat & Yacht Council ABYC®

Standards Accredited and Certified

E-mail Address

U.S. Merchant Mariner's Document

Bluewater time as Able Seaman / Lifeboatman on
OSV, PSV, AHTS class vessels.

Maintained by: Paul Murphey
Pilothouse Marine Services

Marine Surveyor SAMS-AMS®
Graduate Chapman's School of Seamanship
Yacht and Small Craft Surveys
Fundamentals of Damage and Claims
Web site Member Boat U.S. Technical Exchange
Website Title - Central Florida Marine Survey Member American Professional Captains Association
Sailing on the Italian Coast 2005 North of Clearwater Beach Florida navigation chart. Docking vessel in Daytona Beach Feb 2006
I will provide a Marine Survey as local service to the following areas:
East and West Coast of Central Florida including St. Johns River waterway. This area encompasses St Augustine to Ft. Pierce on the East Florida Atlantic Coast and Steinhatchee to Bradenton on the West Florida Gulf of Mexico Coast. I cover all of the St. Johns River from Jacksonville south to Sanford as well as all lakes in the Central Florida area from Gainesville to the southern shores of Lake Okeechobee. Florida cities located within this region include: Flagler Beach, Palm Coast, Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach, Ponce Inlet, New Smyrna Beach, Port Orange, Edgewater, Titusville, Merritt Island, Port Canaveral, Satellite Beach, Melbourne, Cocoa Beach, Grant, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Port St. Lucie, Ocala, Crystal River, Spring Hill, Palm Harbor, Hudson, Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Clearwater, Tampa, Apollo Beach, Ruskin, St. Petersburg, Treasure Island, Indian Harbor, Safety Harbor, Yankeetown, Deland, Deltona, Lake Monroe, Orange City, Leesburg, Tavares, Orlando, and Kissimmee as well as their surrounding communities. If your marine survey is located outside this area or out of Florida please inquire about our discounted travel expenses. (407) 758-6593

Paul B. Murphey - Accredited Marine Surveyor SAMS-AMS®
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Dedicated to and in memory of: "Boots" Murphey  (1/09/1933 - 4/19/2009)

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