Suenos Azules Marine Surveying and Consulting • Fort Lauderdale, Florida Telephone: 754.333.0970 


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About Us

Suenos Azules Marine Surveying and Consulting offers complete marine surveying of sail and power vessels, appraisals, and consultation. This company is dedicated to the highest standards in the boating industry. The South Florida area is my home territory, however I conduct surveys throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Travel to other places in the world can also be arranged. A variety of report formats are available:

  • Pre-purchase, appraisal, insurance, damage, ultrasonic, consultation.
  • Sailing, power boats or yachts.
  • Report guaranteed within three to five business days after the survey (some exceptions may apply).
  • I work most weekends and holidays.
  • Fully insured. 

            Simple and Easy to Arrange...  

            One of my goals with new clients is to make arranging the marine survey as simple and painless as possible. Therefore I have set up a very simple and easy system of arranging everything needed to review my qualifications, see samples of my previous work, download the necessary agreement form, make payment, and set up the time and date for the survey. This can all be done through my website right from your computer or mobile device no matter where you are in the world. I understand that in some cases your time may be short and your need for a marine surveyor can be immediate to meet your deadline. As a boat owner I understand the blind trust you are placing in a surveyor you are deciding to hire with the hope that you will get a complete, thorough, and accurate survey so you know exactly what you are facing with a boat or yacht. Because I know all to well what it feels like to be the client needing a survey, I have included all I can on this website so you can feel as comfortable as possible with hiring me as your surveyor. I survey every boat or yacht as if I were the client. I have built this company from an idea and a passion for boating. I take my time on every survey. I give each client 100% on every survey inspection.

            A Marine Surveyor's Goal During the Survey...

            A marine surveyor's goal is to find problems before they cost you money or worse! A qualified marine surveyor knows where to look for trouble. Do not buy without an independent expert survey and appraisal.

            Something to Think About...

            A thorough survey of a new or used boat puts the prospective buyer in the advantageous position of being able to bargain either price or for repair work to be done before purchase. This often amounts to thousands of dollars saved and typically more than offsets the cost of the marine survey. The information contained in the survey report is invaluable to a prospective buyer or owner of a vessel.

            Mission Statement... 

            I do not work for brokers or sellers. As a professional marine surveyor I will only provide you with a non-biased report of findings on a vessel that will satisfy any underwriter or lender because I am a member and prescribe to the ethics and standards of SAMS® (Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors), USPAP® (Universal Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice), and ABYC® (American Boat and Yacht Council). Furthermore, as a graduate of the Chapman School of Seamanship, I conduct all of my marine surveys thoroughly to the standards set forth by their program.

            As a Marine Surveyor I Have the Following Qualifications...  

              • Graduate of the Chapman School of Seamanship (Yacht and Small Craft Survey Course).   
              • Successful completion of the Fundamentals of Damage and Claims Survey (Chapman School of Seamanship).
              • Graduate of McFatter Technical College (Marine Service Technology).
              • SAMS®  Accredited Marine Surveyor.
              • ABYC® Standards Accredited.
              • ABYC® Gasoline Engines Technician Certified.
              • USPAP®  Training Certificate on Appraisal Standards.
              • ITC® Certified Level III Master Thermographer.
              • Yamaha Certified Outboard Engine Technician.
              • Mercury / MerCruiser Certified Technician.
              • Honda Certified Outboard Engine Technician.
              • Hold several technician certificates for Yamaha and Evinrude outboard engines.
                United States Coast Guard Licensed Master Captain (with towing and sailing endorsements).
              • An active member of SAMS® , ABYC® , IAMI® , and the NFPA® .
              • Florida Licensed Private Investigator (for the aid in marine related investigations).
              • Achieves the annual continuing education as required by SAMS® .
              • A prior member of the U.S. Coast Guard with Boarding Officer and seamanship experience.
              • Over 25 years of boating and sailing experience. 

            Recently Completed Continuing Education...

            • Earned my Advanced Offshore Certification with Yamaha in Kennesaw, Gerogia in December, 2022. I completed my bi-annual USPAP Seven Hour Certiicate on Appraisal Standards (course and exam) in December, 2022. I earned my ITC Level III Master Thermographer Certification in February, 2023. I am currently working on training with the Mercury Verado V12, 600 HP outboard engines.  

            • Earned various manufacturer certifications and certificates in 2019 and 2020 with Yamaha, Mercury, Honda Marine, and ABYC. Earned my Yamaha advanced certifications in advanced troubleshooting and Helm Master. Earned my Mercury advanced certificates in fuel systems and electrical systems. Earned my Honda level three and level four outboard engine certifications. Earned my ABYC Gasoline Engines Technician Certification. Attended Yamaha University in Kennesaw, Georgia for two weeks between October, 2019 and December, 2019. Earned my ABYC Marine Accident Investigation Certificate in 2020. Completed my bi-annual USPAP Seven Hour Certiicate on Appraisal Standards (course and exam) in December, 2020. 

            • Earned various manufacturer certifications and certificates in 2017 and 2018 with Yamaha, Mercury, MerCruiser, Evinrude, and Honda Marine. Earned my Honda level one and level two outboard engine certifications. Earned advanced training certificates in Mercury Verado and Evindrude G2 outboard engines. Attended Yamaha University in Kennesaw, Georgia for three weeks between September, 2017 and August 2018. Earned the Yamaha electrical systems certification, the Yamaha YDIS (Yamaha Diagnostic Engine System) certification, and the Yamaha XTO Offshore outboard engine certification.

            • Earned various manufacturer certifications and certificates in 2015 and 2016 with Yamaha, Mercury / MerCruiser, and Evinrude. Earned technician numbers with Yamaha, Mercury / MerCrusier, and Evinrude. Attended Yamaha University in Kennesaw, Georgia for three weeks between September - October, 2016. Earned the Yamaha Service and Maintenance engine certificate and two Yamaha engine certifications in V-engine systems and inline engine systems.

            • Graduated from McFatter Technical College in August, 2016 (Marine Service Technologies). This program included applied studies and hands on training with gasoline inboard and outboard engines, diesel inboard engines, drive train training, troubleshooting and diagnostics, and advanced electrical training on marine engine and electronic systems. I was awarded the "Honors" designation for achieving an academic grade point average over 3.5. I graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.83.

            • Attended the SAMS ® 2014 International Meeting and Educational Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Included presentations on: Ethics, Case Histories, High Capcity Batteries, Vessel Stability, Trip and Tow Basics, Marine Litigation, Four Stroke Failure, Disclaimers, Reports, and Work Orders. The Key Note Speaker was U.S. Coast Guard Captain Wayne R. Arguin, COTP New Orleans.

            • Attended the IAMI® (International Association of Marine Investigators) 2013 23rd Annual Training Seminar in Isle of Palms, South Carolina. This four day training seminar covered training and presentations on: Hull identification numbers and requirements on U.S. and foreign vessels, a review of navigation rules, cell phone technologies for investigators, FBI evidence response teams, titiling requirements, admirality law, cargo theft, electricity and boat fire investigations, international marine restoration, causes of fires on boats, boating accident investigations, and Federal carriage requirements. Special guest speakers that attended were Alvin A. Taylor, Director of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Captain Micheal F. White Jr., Commanding Officer, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Charleston.

            My Ethics...

            As a Marine Surveyor I prescribe to the following ethics in accordance with SAMS®

            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 and Expertise

            The surveyor will participate in continuing education as required by the rules of the Society.

            3. Conduct Their Business In A Professional Manner

            The 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 and Objectivity

            The 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 Interest

            The 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.  





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            Suenos Azules Marine Surveying and Consulting • Fort Lauderdale, Florida