Superior Yacht Services, LLC

Marine Surveying
Superior Yacht Services is committed to provide exceptional marine surveying services.  No matter your need, I can provide a surveying solution to satisfy you and protect your interests.  As a member of the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors®, your surveyor is guided by strict ethical standards, industry expectations, and continuing educational requirements.  Your boat will be inspected to the standards recommended by the American Boat & Yacht Council, the National Fire Protection Association as well as the laws and regulations set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR’s 33 and 46), and the U.S. Coast Guard.  

Pre-Purchase Survey
This is a very comprehensive inspection, and is most beneficial when purchasing a new or used vessel. Condition and overall operation of the vessel will 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 Survey  
This 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.

This inspection is conducted for clients that want to get a general feel for the condition of a boat from an independent third party before traveling hundreds or even thousands of miles to view it in person.  

A sea trial tests the operation of a vessel’s mechanical systems. There is no additional fee if conducted the same day as the pre-purchase survey.  An hourly fee and possibly mileage will be charged if conducted separately.

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

The 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.

Paul is a life long boater with a passion for sailing and safe boating. Previously held a USCG 50 ton Master’s License. He’s successfully completed  the Chapman School of Seamanship, Yacht and Small Craft Survey course, as well as Fundamentals of the Damage Claim Survey.  To keep abreast of changes to standards, recommendations, and laws that affect boating and marine surveying, Paul is a member of the following organizations:  Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors, AMS®, American Boat and Yacht Council, Boat U/S.  Past Treasurer of the Duluth Sail & Power Squadron.

Paul D. Snider


Contact Information:

Phone - 218-213-4217

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