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Frank Abbey, C M S Marine Surveyor

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At the time of this publication in early 2014 hundreds of vessels, ranging in size from 14’ to 60’, have been surveyed or appraised by Frank Abbey.
© Frank Abbey  2016
  ACMS Certified Marine Surveyor #0181,  ABYC Standards MARINE SURVEYS/CONSULTING 1989 - present Marine Surveyor1987 - 1989 Conducted marine surveys in conjunction with, Thomas D. Stanton, Marine Surveyor & Seymour G. Goss, CMDR USNR-Ret. Marine Surveyor; at T. Stanton Associates, Freeport, N.Y. Surveys are conducted to determine a vessel's condition and value, for insurance, finance, donation and pre-purchase testing. Other surveys conducted are; hull structural condition / moisture intrusion analysis, insurance claim investigation and to appeal and contest the declination (by the insurer) of a claim. Vessels Surveyed: Power and Sail up to 165 ft. L.O.A., with values that have exceeded $2.0 million. Types of Construction: Fiberglass, wood, steel and aluminum. Type of Vessels-Surveyed: Production, custom and semi-custom power and sail, powered by outboard &/or inboard engines; operated as private pleasure craft and for commercial-use. Surveys have been conducted; in N.Y. State, the Mid & NE Atlantic States region, Florida and Japan.   Some of our Survey Projects C & V survey of the "PROCYON" a 65' LOA one-of a kind custom built experimental sailboat, originally named the "AMOCO PROCYON". The survey verified that vessel's condition and current value of $1.25 mil., based on the refitted & refinished hull, custom designed and fitted (teak) cruising/charter style multi stateroom interior and installation of new systems. Damage claim surveys and analysis for insurance companies.  Analyze insurance company damage claim settlement proposals & the damaged vessel, for the insured; to have the insurer re-review the damage claim: Results have included a more accurate settlement including a revised determination that the subject vessel is a total (not a partial) loss. Tip survey of a 165' LOA. passenger/excursion vessel, as required by the vessel's insurance carrier, prior to the vessel sailing from New York to Florida. Analysis of the hull structure failure of a 2001 28' walk around cabin twin outboard engine powered sport fisherman. Survey report resulted in the manufacture replacing the vessel with a new 2003 vessel, with their upgraded stringer structure. Survey of numerous cored hull vessels: The result, in each case, is that the client gained the vessel manufacture's agreement to; bear the cost of the repair and restoration of the survey determined compromised hull structures or the replacement of that vessel. Education / Professional Development March 2002: American Boat & Yacht Council: Standards Accreditation Certification. Member: Association of Certified Marine Surveyors as Certified Marine Surveyor, Jan.2002 to present. Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors 1997-1999 American Boat and Yacht Council. Boat/U.S.Tech Exchange. B.A. State University New York at Stony Brook. Graduate Studies,Ohio University, Athens Ohio. Graduate of Accounting Certificate Program; Hofstra University: A.B.Y.C.'seminar, Marine Surveys & Accident Investigation: American Sailing Association, certification level to Advanced Coastal Cruising 1994.
SURVEY ACTIVITY Vessels are examined for adherence to good construction practices and compliance with recommended standards/regulations established by; American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Non-Destructive 'testing methods utilized: Mallet sounding and moisture meters; infra-red pyrometer, to record the operating temperatures of air conditioning systems, engines & exhaust system and other on board machinery/equipment; oil samples are drawn, from engines and transmissions, for laboratory analysis, of wear metals & other elements and moisture contamination. Conduct "Site Surveys", to evaluate insurability and condition of marinas and boat yards. Clients include; individual owner/purchaser, finance & insurance companies and yacht dealers & brokers (for trade-in surveys). Printable Resume in PDF format