1986 to Present -- Master Marine Surveyor - inspecting and surveying wood, fiberglass, steel, aluminum and ferrocement pleasure yachts, commercial passenger vessels and commercial fishing vessels. I conduct steel and aluminum hull ultra-sounding, corrosion and osmosis analysis, engine fluid spectrometric analysis, compression testing, marine consultation and a full set of computer diagnostics. I have the extensive background in pre-purchase and financial surveys, insurance appraisals, adjusting, bank/estate and tax donation appraisals.

1978 to 1986 -- Marine Sales - electronic equipment sales and installation. I practiced yacht repair, yacht maintenance, commissioning and delivery of boats and yachts to New England coastal marinas by water and over land via fifth wheel hydraulic trailer and related equipment. I demonstrated the proper use and sales of hydraulic trailers used for transporting yachts over the road and within the marinas for Sea & Land Design Company.


  • 1970 -- Graduated Lynn Classical High School College Preparatory Program

  • 1971 -- Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts Credited in Military Law, Celestial Navigation, Rules of the Road Navigation, Cargo Handling and Western Civilization

  • 1973 -- Northeastern University Law Enforcement program at Lynn English extension. Studied Administrative Justice, Evidence, Evidence & Courtroom Procedure Interview and Interrogation

  • 1993 -- Commonwealth of Massachusetts Harbormaster Marine Law Enforcement Training.

  • 1995 -- United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla #503 First District Boston. Endorsements: BS&6 Lesson; Basic Sailing; Piloting; Weather; Marine Engines; Radiotelephone; Marlinspike Seamanship; Inland Waterways, Locks & Dams.

  • 1996 -- New England Institute of Technology Marine Diesel Maintenance / Troubleshooting

  • Ongoing -- Annual Certification & Accrediting Seminars, Standards and Re-Certification Updating. Accumulative Marine Surveying Education & Continued Education Credits.

  • 2013 -- Commonwealth of Massachusetts Firearms Safety.

  • 2013/2015 -- United States Coast Guard Training Center (TRACEN) Yorktown, VA. Marine Inspection & Investigations School. Title-46 Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiner. United States Coast Guard UTV (Towing Vessel) Examiner.



  • NAVTECH/U.S. Surveyors Association Life Member

  • American Institute Marine Underwriters

  • American Registry Marine Surveyors, Charter Member

  • International Institute of Marine Surveying

  • Association of Certified Marine Surveyors

  • International Registry of Marine Surveyors

  • Canadian Association of Certified Marine Surveyors

  • National Marine Lenders Association

  • Society of Accredited Maritime Professionals

  • Association of Marine Technicians, Gold Member

  • M.E.D.S. Marine Engine Diagnostic Systems Registered Technician

  • RINDA Technologies Marine Engine Diagnostic Technician

  • 2M Master Marine Pro Diesel Engine Diagnostic Technician

  • Cape Cod Marine Trades Association

  • Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

  • Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology Master Standards Compliance Specialist

  • American Boat and Yacht Council

  • Propeller Club of the United States Port of Boston

  • TASA Registered Marine Expert Witness/Litigation Support

  • United States Coast Guard Title 46 Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiner

  • United States Coast Guard UTV Towing Vessel Examiner

  • United States Government Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)

  • NMFS Commercial Vessel Operator Permit

  • Department of Transportation Medical Examiner’s Certificate

  • CDL Commercial drivers license with air-brake & tank endorsement

  • Maritime Consortium Random Alcohol & Drug Testing

  • Nahant Dory Club, Fleet Captain

  • Circle Yacht Club, Commodore

  • Member & Yacht Appraiser Herreshoff Museum

  • Member Danversport Yacht Club



  • "He is in all probability, the best in the country."
    -- U.S. Yachtmasters

  • "...a dedicated and professional Certified and Accredited Master Marine Surveyor. Thorough and comprehensive engine analysis on all our commercial vessels."
    -- Offshore Performance Marine Center

  • "...we interviewed 14 Marine Surveyors to survey our trade-ins; Rob is leagues ahead of the others."
    -- Powerbrokers International

  • "Top Gun in Marine Surveying"
    -- Jim Walker, CBS News

  • "The best often stay so busy with referrals from insurance companies, lenders and satisfied customers that they don't advertise at all. One surveyor's name that may keep cropping Internet source is which has some good information."
    -- Motor Boating & Sailing

  • "It is the participation of Marine Professionals like you that enables the EXCHANGE to be a reliable and valuable source of information."
    -- Ernest F. Braatz, Technical Director BOAT/US

  • "His standards, ethics and principles are unparalleled in the profession."
    -- Institute of Marine Science

  • "It is refreshing to work with someone who has a straightforward approach; on target with the insurance underwriter's concerns."
    -- William R. Skinner, Boston Towing and Transportation Company

  • "A distinction for which you can be very proud."
    -- Walter J. Boverini. Senate Majority Leader

  • "As always, you provide a thorough survey report of the boat."
    -- Boston Yacht Sales

  • "Your analysis was instrumental in what could have been a serious problem. The ultrasonic testing and follow-up report was most explicit."

  • "In depth corrosion analysis and prompt attention."
    -- Dana Goodell, President, Boston Harbor Commuter Service: MAJESTIC PRINCESS

  • "High Integrity and High Professional Standards."
    -- George Auchy, President, Propeller Club, Port of Boston

  • "Extra effort beyond the survey. Professional manner above and beyond."
    -- City of Gloucester, Harbormaster's Dept.

  • "Professionally a renowned Marine Surveyor; recognized expert in Surveying and Inspecting marine vessels."
    -- Senator Edward J. Clancy

  • "Probably the most knowledgeable surveyor in the United States. Professional and thorough."
    -- Andy Soto, Editor CBS News & 60 minutes



Surveying and consulting on pleasure yachts and commercial vessels power and sailing.
Surveying and consulting on yachts, ships, tugs, barges, schooners and amphibious water craft.
Pre & Post Purchase Surveys and Consulting.
Marine engine computer diagnostics, compression testing & mechanical surveys.
New Build. Main Engines, Generators & Propulsion System Surveys.
Project Management.
Marine Litigation & Expert Witness Support.



I carry 2m Marine Liability Insurance Coverage with Care, Custody & Control Underwritten by North American Specialty Insurance Company
Longshoreman’s Worker Compensation Coverage Underwritten by Association Industries of Massachusetts Mutual Insurance.




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