Survey of commercial fishing boats, passenger vessels, tug boats and coastal size cargo ships. First-hand experience with the operation, equipment and missions of commercial vessels.
Ultrasonic metal thickness testing of steel and aluminum hulls to detect areas of thinning caused by corrosion and/or wear. Good idea before buying a steel or aluminum vessel.
Prior to my career in marine surveying, I was employed in the merchant marine at various officer grades and captain of coastal size cargo vessels. Last and largest vessel under my command was a 328' (100m) cargo ship. Captain of private yachts, charter and commercial fishing boats. Employed as a boat builder at Morgan Yachts (now Catalina). Four years of service in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal. Marine Surveyor since 1982.