Florida Marine Surveyor - for Sail and Powerboats

About the Surveyor

Capt. Thomas J. Laskey


SOCIETY OF ACCREDITED MARINE SURVEYORS, Accredited Marine Surveyor, AMS accreditation attained in 2000 – #646 (Active)

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of MARINE SURVEYORS, Certified Marine Surveyor (1989 – 2021; Ret.), CMS certification attained in 1989 – #146-566

• Actively engaged in the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS) sponsored continuing education programs to maintain marine surveyor certification and expertise

• Technical Board Member of The American Boat and Yacht Council – 2000 to 2012

• Electrical Project Technical Committee Member of The American Boat and Yacht Council – 1987 to 1995

• Hull and Deck Structures Project Technical Committee Member of The American Boat and Yacht Council – 1996 to 2002

• Boat US “Marine Surveyor Referral” listed

• Experienced Commercial Passenger Vessel Operator

• U.S. Coast Guard Licensed 100-ton Ocean Operator – continuous since originally issued license in 1962

• U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Instructor (prior)

• U.S. Power Squadron Instructor (prior)

• State of Maryland Boating Instructor (prior #3452)

Marine Surveyor Experience

Senior Marine Surveyor, INA/CIGNA/INAMAR Marine Insurance Company, 1981-1999

• Provided technical support for the marine claims department relative to yacht and commercial hull construction, hull and machinery damage claims, and their repair

• Provided technical support for marine underwriting departments relative to the yacht and commercial hull construction, condition and evaluation surveys, vessel operations, and regulations

• Provided technical support for marine cargo claims and underwriting purposes relative to marine cargo storage facilities, marine cargo packing, and cargo stowage site surveys

• Provided technical support for marine special risk departments relative to marina construction and risk evaluations, marine repair facilities, marine storage facilities, shipbuilder and ship repairer risk evaluations


• Provides commercial hull and private vessel pre-purchase surveys, insurance condition and valuation surveys, damage survey, financial evaluations, independent consultations, and boat handling instructions

U.S. Military Service

• U.S. Coast Guard, Search and Rescue Boat Coxswain, Petty Officer, Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class

• U.S. Coast Guard, Executive Petty Officer, USCG Cutter “Cleat”

Educational Background

• Wooden Boat Survey School

• Detroit Diesel Allison Marine Engine Series Training

• Insurance Company of North America Accident Analysis

• Insurance Company of North America Loss Control Management

• Accident Investigation Training

• Westlawn School of Yacht Design (selected subjects)

• Pennsylvania Military College

Management Experience

• Multi-vessel Owner / USCG Licensed Captain, 150 passengers, large commercial passenger vessels in New Jersey and Florida, 1962 – 1981

Memberships and Organizations

• American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC)

• National Association of Marine Surveyors (NAMS) – Retired

• Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS)

• U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGAUX)

• U.S. Power Squadron (inactive) (USPS)


Tom came from a family of boaters. His grandfather owned a boatyard on the banks of the Delaware River. Tom launched his career in the marine industry at the age of 12 when his father started a fishing boat business in 1956. Just like Tom, his three brothers are all USCG licensed captains actively involved in marine enterprises.

Tom and his wife Lynn own a 48’ motor yacht that they use to enjoy cruising and sportfishing.

After providing twenty years of marine technical support to a major world leader in the marine insurance industry, Tom decided to make his great marine expertise available to the marine public. His experience in conducting thousands of vessel surveys, marine insurance claims and underwriting, as well as vessel construction and damage repair, makes him the logical choice when it comes to your boat and your marine facility survey needs.

Prior certification in 1989 until his retirement from the National Association of Marine Surveyors (NAMS) in 2021, Capt. Tom remains an active Accredited Marine Surveyor in the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS), Tom’s qualifications as a marine surveyor are well known throughout the Atlantic seaboard. He has also conducted numerous yacht and marina surveys along with the Gulf Coast States, California, Washington, and Oregon thereby providing him with the first-hand knowledge to understand your specific geographical or navigational needs.

Coast Guard licensed in 1962, Tom holds a current 100-ton Ocean Masters License. He has owned and operated numerous large commercial passenger-carrying vessels in addition to private pleasure craft. His experience as a boatswain’s mate and search and rescue boat coxswain in the U.S. Coast Guard taught him the invaluable lessons of heavy weather operations. He understands the conditions you may encounter.

Along with maintaining his various surveyor certifications, Tom served twelve years as a member of the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) Technical Review Board. In addition, he served on the ABYC Hull and Deck Structures, and the Electrical Project Technical Committees. Since joining ABYC in 1981, and serving as a standards committee member for fifteen years, he has helped write today’s widely used marine industry recommended boat safety standards. Tom’s service to the ABYC has gained him “life member” status.

In addition to Capt. Tom’s expertise, his wife Lynn works along with him, and is an excellent marine consultant. Lynn complements the survey team as she addresses the technical issues in addition to the boating interests and concerns of both men and women.

Lynn Holding the Wheel

About NAMS

The National Association of Marine Surveyors (NAMS) was founded in 1962 to provide professional certification and continuing education opportunities for qualified marine surveyors. The nearly four hundred NAMS members are located in all major coastal and river system areas of the United States, as well as in the Caribbean, South America, Europe, and Asia. NAMS certified marine surveyors (NAMS-CMS) are among the best qualified in the world, each having more than five years of full-time experience, and each having passed through a rigorous screening and testing procedure. All NAMS surveyors ascribe to a published Code of Ethics and must engage in yearly continuing education to maintain their certification.

National Association of Marine Surveyors

About SAMS

The Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS) was founded in 1987. SAMS is an organization of professional marine surveyors who have come together to promote the good image and general well-being of their profession. Accredited Marine Surveyor members are surveyors who have accumulated time in the profession, and have proven the technical skills necessary for designation as A.M.S. Accredited Marine Surveyors are expected to follow a course of continuing education to maintain their accreditation. Members are guided by a Code of Ethics and are encouraged to participate in other organizations relative to the marine field.


About the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC)

The ABYC is a not-for-profit membership organization that has been developing, writing, and updating the safety standards for boat building and repair in the United States for nearly 50 years. ABYC is actively involved with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and is a leader in education for the marine industry, as well as certification programs for marine technicians.

ABYC’s membership includes boat owners, boat builders, surveyors, boatyards, insurance companies, law firms, trade associations, marinas, dealerships, government agencies, and equipment and accessory manufacturers. Over 400 volunteers donate time, expertise, and research while serving on technical committees, which develop and revise the ABYC standards and technical information reports.

Capt. Laskey has been a full member of the American Boat and Yacht Council since 1981. He has served on the Electrical Project Technical Committee, the Hull and Deck Structures Project Technical Committee, and eight years as a member of the ABYC Technical Board.