California Marine Surveyors has over 80 years of combined maritime experience between its two principal surveyors and has been providing quality marine surveys for over 20 years.

Our experience covers many facets of the maritime industries, including all hull and machinery for deep sea commercial vessels, offshore oil, U.S. Navy vessels, fishing vessels, yachts and small craft.

Our principal marine surveyors are individuals that are members of The National Association of Marine Surveyors (NAMSGlobal) and The Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS) providing assurance that all surveys are done to the best industry standards and accepted by all insurance companies, marinas, financial institutions and any other marine related industry that requires assurance that your vessel is safe and seaworthy.  Our senior surveyor is a certified senior appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers (ASA).

Doug Foote Cell or Text 760.212.6452 Email:
George LeBaron Cell Phone 619.942.0501 Email:

In addition to pre-purchase, condition and appraisal surveys, California Marine Surveyors also conducts damage investigation reports, equipment failure investigations, appraisal reports for IRS-8283 form and expert witness testimony.


Pre-Purchase Survey

This 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 will be examined.  This covers structural integrity, propulsion systems, electrical systems, fuel systems, navigation/electronic equipment, cosmetic appearance and overall maintenance to include and out-of-water inspection and a sea trial.  Fair market value is also determined.

Insurance Survey

This inspection is performed so the insurance company can determine if the vessel is an acceptable risk.  Insurance company's are interested in structural integrity and safety of the vessel for its intended use.  Most insurance companies require a survey on older boats, and will require a fair market value.

Appraisal Inspection

This inspection is performed to gather enough information to justify or determine the fair market value of the vessel.  This value is normally needed for financing, estate settlements, donations and legal cases.

Damage Inspection

The surveyor may be retained by an insurance company to determine the cause of a loss and determine the extent of loss related damage, review recommend repairs, review estimates and determine the pre-loss value of a vessel.  A vessel's owner can retain a surveyor for the same purpose, but on the owner's behalf.

              Doug Foote               Cell or Text 760.212.6452               Email:
              George LeBaron               Cell Phone 619.942.0501               Email: