We contracted Anchor Marine Surveying last week to do a Marine Pre-Purchase and Value survey report on a mid-sized older (1981) sailboat. From our initial contact through report submission, marine surveyor Karen Alt was thorough and professional. She worked closely with me to meet several extremely tight deadlines -- and in conditions that included last week's snowstorm and very cold temperatures.
Her final report (PDF-generated) was detailed and well written; the associated web-based photographs were clear and provided visual confirmation of conditions provided in the overall report. The marine financing and insurance companies I was considering were pleased to learn I had engaged Anchor Marine Surveying; they noted that she did good work.
Ms. Alt's extensive knowledge of boats, boat building, and marine construction proved valuable not only in the items reviewed and described in the survey, but also in the advice she provided for recommended solutions to areas of concern -- particularly important for an older hull and systems.
I was also impressed with Karen's integrity -- by that I mean she wrote up what she saw and evaluated her observations against the accredited standards such as ABYC, NFPA, and those of a professional, accredited marine surveyor. She explained in clear terms the reasoning behind her observations and recommendations. Karen also recommended an independent laboratory analysis of the engine oil and discussed the results and their implications with me.
I would recommend Karen Alt and Anchor Marine Surveying to those boat buyers seeking a knowledgeable marine surveyor. It was a pleasure to work with her.
Karen completed the sea-trial for me when I was purchasing my 2005, 42 Regal in 2010. The boat was a bank-repo so I had concerns and worries about perhaps some hidden problems. Karen went over the boat with a fine-tooth comb (in 105-degree heat) and founds several items that the dealer then fixed. I was able to buy the boat feeling confident that if there had been anything serious, Karen would've found it. A year later that has still proven true--she is a true professional.
Karen provided me with an inspection of a previously owned Boston Whaler that I ultimately purchased. Her incredible eye for detail, knowledge of what to look for and independent assessment placed me in a great place to better negotiate with the broker. Karen provided me with an inspection of a previously owned Boston Whaler that I ultimately purchased. Her incredible eye for detail, knowledge of what to look for and independent assessment placed me in a great place to better negotiate with the broker.
I cannot say enough good things about Karen and her abilities as a marine surveyor...
A friend (who happens to be an executive for Boat US) initially referred me to Anchor Marine to survey a 2006 Century 2200 CC I had been considering for purchase. I immediately hired Karen, not only because I found out she learned the business from her father (a renowned surveyor in the mid-Atlantic), but also because of the immediate trust created through our mutual law enforcement backgrounds. In advance of the survey, we communicated by telephone and email on several occasions, and I found that she was very responsive to my questions and messages. We seemed to hit it off well on the phone and Karen invited me to be present on the day of the survey…which was nice since most surveyors don’t like others to be around while they work.
Firsthand, I observed that Karen was very thorough, knowledgeable and more than willing to crawl around to get the job done. More importantly though, she was patient and personable with me throughout the process, which allowed me to learn a lot. In sum, Karen provided me with the information and tools to negotiate the best possible deal. I’m not sure I could have done as well in negotiations if I had not had the benefit of Karen’s critical eye and the information she provided to me. I wholeheartedly recommend her work.
Karen did a thorough and accurate yacht survey of a fifteen-year-old Island Packet 420 before we purchased it. Now that we have owned it for two years, live aboard, and sail full-time, I can say with confidence that her assessment of the vessel was spot on. Her written report was in-depth and included numerous pictures of any potential issues. The report served as an excellent to-do list before sailing away and helped us secure insurance. Karen did a thorough and accurate yacht survey of a fifteen-year-old Island Packet 420 before we purchased it. Now that we have owned it for two years, live aboard, and sail full-time, I can say with confidence that her assessment of the vessel was spot on. Her written report was in-depth and included numerous pictures of any potential issues. The report served as an excellent to-do list before sailing away and helped us secure insurance.
Karen did a wonderful job on the survey of our 2000 Sea Ray 410 Express. She was early for the appointment, she did a thorough job covering the entire boat and motors, and her report was delivered to us in remarkable time. Thank you, Karen and Anchor Marine, for taking the extra time and effort in getting our boat surveyed and completed.
The Whitby Brewer Sailboat Association held its Annual Rendezvous on 2-4 October 2017. We are a small, but dedicated, group of sailors who love our old boats. The Whitby 42 was designed by Ted Brewer and began production in 1973 in Ottawa, branched into the redesigned Brewer 12.8 and ceased production in the 1990s. The boats are heavy, comfortable cruisers, most of them ketches. Our members enjoy having an outside speaker to bring knowledge to share during our Rendezvous and this year they suggested finding a surveyor. I happened on Karen Alt’s website in my search and reached out to invite her.
Karen’s talk was the highlight of our gathering this year. She brought a heartfelt love of sailing craft to her very professional presentation. She began by giving us some pointers on getting our boats ready for sale, since that is when many surveys happen. She stressed cleaning the boat and reducing the amount of worn-out gear aboard, in addition to understanding how to deal with hull blistering and other conditions found in old boats.
She spoke about the different situations in which a survey is performed and how she conducts a survey. We were very impressed with the time and rigor that she described as she works over a boat’s systems and structure. She brought photos to show how she documents her surveys. Several of the photos were of a Whitby 42 that she had recently surveyed, so she could show us particular areas of concerns on our type of boat. She also discussed how to work with insurance companies and how to document a claim. One crew in our membership has their Whitby in the BVI and is waiting word on her condition after tipping over in a yard during Hurricane Irma, so Karen was able to spend some time answering their questions.
Karen’s experience, gained over a lifetime of apprenticeship in a professional mariner family, is vast. She easily demonstrated proficiency in her chosen craft and impressed us with her interest in her work and continuing education. Our Rendezvous attendees were very pleased with the time and expertise that she contributed to our gathering.
I knew of Karen when I worked in the marine field in Annapolis, and I had heard about her extensive knowledge of yachts and boats. It was only natural that when my friend from Florida wanted to hire a marine surveyor in the Annapolis area, I suggested Karen and Anchor Marine Surveying inspect it for him. The work was thorough and professional. I expected this because I knew Karen’s family had established this business in 1979; not fly by night. My friend ended up having two inspections completed by Anchor Marine Surveying and we were very happy with both. He bought the yacht he wanted about a year ago and is pleased with his purchase still.
From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU! From the moment my husband first spoke to Karen, we were treated like family. We've used Karen twice now to survey two different boats. She always had our best interest in mind. She's consistent, knowledgeable, and honest. Absolutely everything we could have asked for and more!
Karen was referred to us by a longtime family friend when we began searching for the right boat for us. After locating a boat in the Norfolk area, Karen agreed to travel to perform the survey for us. The day of the survey was extremely hot and humid, but Karen spent hours thoroughly checking the boat. During the survey, several issues were identified. After discussing the issues, we decided to not buy the boat.
A few months later, we found a boat in Alabama that we were interested in. During the process of buying that boat, Karen provided a lot of guidance to us and reviewed several documents related to the boat. Karen’s professionalism, expertise, and honesty were invaluable to us. We will definitely use her again the next time we buy a boat!
I was thoroughly impressed and grateful for the job Karen Alt at Anchor Marine did in surveying a boat I was considering buying. Karen is very detailed and did a deep, comprehensive inspection and took the time to explain things to me along the way so that I understood what to look for. In this case, Karen saved me from making a bad boat buying decision, and thus saved me from losing a lot of money. From what I learned about the inspection process, I now know a lot more about what to look for and can do a lot of fact-finding myself before investing in a survey (ie, only have a survey done when I am more certain about the boat). I will absolutely use Karen and Anchor Marine in the future for my next boat survey. I wouldn't use anyone else. She is a pro!