Dennis Parsons, A.M.S.          Professional marine surveyor

Serving All of the Great Lakes & Northern Ohio

Have questions?       Phone:   (248) 761-2636   e-mail:   ims.boat@yahoo.coM

Interstate Marine Survey provides a full range of marine surveyor services including yacht survey / boat survey, damage survey inspections, and consulting services.

Marine survey services are available for most boat types including sail boats, power boats, yachts, and ships.

Servicing all of Michigan (Lower and Upper Peninsulas), Great Lakes States and Northern Ohio. Services provided throughout the United States with travel requirements or by subcontract or referral.

 

 

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  • About Dennis

    Resumé____ Graduate of the Chapman School of Seamanship.___ years of Marine Surveying experience.___ years as Marina in Port Austin, Michigan on Lake Huron  AbouT DennisMore to come....From Port Austin, MichiganMemberships                

  • FAQ

    Why do I need a surveyor?Most insurance companies and banks will require them on older vessels. They will need to know her condition and fair market value in order to finance and/or underwrite the vessel. Knowing her condition and fair market value before you purchase is also important. However, the most important reason to survey your vessel is for the safety of the passengers and crew.What Type of Survey Do I Need?Marine Surveys are performed for a number of reasons, and the procedures for each vary to best suit your needs:Pre-Purchase SurveyThis is the most comprehensive type of inspection, and is strongly advised when purchasing a new or used vessel. Condition and overall operation of the vessel should be examined. This covers structural integrity, electrical systems, the propulsion system, the fuel system, other machinery, navigation equipment, miscellaneous on-board systems, cosmetic appearance, electronics, and overall maintenance as well as an out-of-water inspection and a sea trial.Insurance SurveyThis inspection is performed so that the insurance company can determine whether or not the vessel is an acceptable risk. They are interested in structural integrity and safety for its intended use. Most insurance companies require a survey on older boats. They will also want to know the vessel's fair market value.Appraisal InspectionThis inspection is performed to gather enough information to justify or determine the fair market value of the vessel. This is normally needed for financing, estate settlements, donations and legal cases.Damage InspectionThe surveyor can be retained by an insurance company to determine the cause of a loss and determine the extent of loss related damage and may be asked to recommend repairs, review estimates, and determine the pre-loss value of a vessel.  A vessel owner can retain a surveyor for the same purposes, but for the owner's behalf.   How Should I Prepare For a Marine Survey?Time and additional expense can be saved by preparing the vessel for inspection and making her more accessible.Arrange to present a clean, shipshape boat, and have all papers and miscellaneous gear ready. If applicable, you will need to make arrangements with the marina to haul the vessel for bottom inspection, and retain a captain for sea trials. Lockers and cabin areas should be cleared of all miscellaneous gear.The surveyor should never be asked to prepare a boat for inspection. The surveyor may request minor dismantling of interior ceilings, headliners, flooring, etc. in order to gain access to the suspected areas. Random removal and examination of below-the-waterline fasteners on wood boats may be required. Any dismantling and re-installation of parts should be performed by qualified personnel and is the responsibility of the person ordering the survey. Written authorization from the owner may be needed to board and/or to remove part of the vessel. ONCE YOU RETAIN THE SURVEYOR, HE OR SHE WORKS ONLY FOR YOU AND REPORTS TO NO ONE ELSE. THE SURVEYOR IS THERE TO PROTECT YOUR INTERESTS!  Code of Ethics and Rules of PracticeCode of Ethics and Rules of PracticePREAMBLEMembers of the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors® must be persons of integrity, who conduct business in a professional, ethical manner. Members shall not violate or attempt to violate the Code of Ethics and Rules of Practice, or knowingly assist or induce others to do so. Members shall be dedicated to the preservation of life and property in the marine environment. 1. STRIVE TO ENHANCE THE PROFESSION OF MARINE SURVEYING

    • The surveyor will:
    • Be competent, prompt, diligent and demonstrate respect for the survey profession. (Competence requires knowledge, skill, thoughtfulness, and preparation reasonably necessary for the assignment).
    • Enjoy a favorable reputation within the local business community.
    • Cooperate in developing the marine surveying profession by:
    • Contributing one’s skill and knowledge to further the profession’s commitment to serving the public.
    • Exchanging general information with peers and associates.
    • Contributing to the work of technical societies, regulatory agencies, and specialized professional education.
    2. MAINTAIN AND ENHANCE THEIR PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE & EXPERTISE The surveyor will participate in continuing education as required by the rules of the Society. 3. CONDUCT THEIR BUSINESS IN A PROFESSIONAL MANNERThe surveyor will:
    • Accept only assignments that can be completed with professional competence.
    • Advertise only in a dignified manner, being careful to avoid misleading statements.
    • Respect the confidential nature of marine surveying.
     4. MAINTAIN INDEPENDENCE, INTEGRITY & OBJECTIVITYThe surveyor will:
    • When representing the client: endeavor to present facts and opinions without prejudice.
    • Refrain from suppressing, over-emphasizing or manipulating facts.
    • Set fees based on work performed for a client and avoid any form of compensation that could be perceived as corrupting judgment.
     5. AVOID PREJUDICE AND CONFLICT OF INTERESTThe surveyor will:
    • Avoid assignments that would create a conflict of interest.
    • Inform the client of any business connection, interest or affiliation that might influence judgment or impair the disinterested nature of a survey.
    • Accept compensation from more than one source only with the full knowledge of the interested parties.
    • Not make false, misleading, deceptive or unfair statements concerning member surveyors or the surveyors services, qualifications or integrity.

Dennis Parsons, A.M.S.

phone: (248) 761-2636  |  e-mail: ims.boat@yahoo.com  |  306 West Spring Street, PO Box 277  |  Port Austin, Michigan 48467

 

Have questions?      
Phone:   (248) 761-2636   e-mail:   ims.boat@yahoo.coM

Dennis Parsons, A.M.S.

Serving All of the Great Lakes & Northern Ohio

pHONE: (248) 761-2636

e-mail:  ims.boat@yahoo.com

Dennis Parsons, A.M.S.  |  phone: (248) 761-2636  |  e-mail: ims.boat@yahoo.com  |  306 West Spring Street, PO Box 277  |  Port Austin, Michigan 48467

Dennis Parsons, A.M.S.

Serving All of the Great Lakes & Northern Ohio

Dennis Parsons, A.M.S.
phone: (248) 761-2636  |  e-mail: ims.boat@yahoo.com  |  306 West Spring Street, PO Box 277  |  Port Austin, Michigan 48467