The task in choosing a trusted marine surveyor can be challenging since it is not a regulated or licensed industry and anyone can call him or herself a marine surveyor. To complicate matters, your yacht broker can't ethically recommend a surveyor to you.
To find the expert you need, ABYC has developed a search function to locate local surveyors who are ABYC members. You can also see if they are members of National Association of Marine Surveyors (NAMS) or Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS). Before this search function was created many people were cross referencing these three organizations to find a trusted and skilled professional.
Many insurance companies and banks require that a marine surveyor be a credentialed member of either the National Association of Marine Surveyors (NAMS) or the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS). Be sure to check for requirements prior to hiring a surveyor. NAMS and SAMS are recognized and respected marine surveyor professional associations that hold their members to a strict code of ethics and require continuing education credits to maintain membership. Belonging to SAMS or NAMS is important because it shows that the surveyor is committed to their profession but it is essential that the surveyor is an ABYC member as well.
ABYC Standards are the authoritative reference for evaluating issues of design, construction, maintenance and product performance and only ABYC members have verifiable 24/7 access the standards. Make sure your surveyor is one of them!