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Bache Marine Consulting
PO Box 756
• Sandusky, OH 44871-0756

Kevin R. Bache, SAMS® AMS® 1997, NAMS® CMS 2002

Kevin BacheKevin R. Bache, NAMS® CMS, SAMS® AMS®, has been a full time marine surveyor since 1994. He also has been a Senior Instructor at the Chapman's School of Seamanship, and coauthored "Fundamentals of Damage and Claims Survey" in 2003.

Kevin has operated Bache Marine Consulting since 1994 and has worked as supervisor on projects involving major mechanical, systems and structural repair and restoration of wood and fiberglass power and sailboats. Duties included customer contact, pre repair inspections, job estimating, job coordination, lamination, mechanical and systems repairs/ upgrades and photo documentation. He has also performed loss control and on-site damage surveys and negotiated repair prices in Ohio and Michigan for yacht and small craft claims on behalf of insurance companies.



Bache Marine Consulting Sandusky, Ohio
Principal Surveyor - January 1994 to present
Conduct prepurchase, pre-sale and insurance/loan underwriting inspections on wood, aluminum and fiberglass powerboats and sailboats up to 126 feet. Perform loss control, claims investigation and damage surveys for major pleasure boat and yacht underwriters. Consulting for mechanical and structural failure analysis, corrosion analysis, complex repairs and litigation support.

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Established 1994


Surveys for both power and sail boats

Pre-Purchase and Condition/Value Surveys - Insurance Survey - Vessel Appraisal Survey

Pre-Purchase Survey
This is the most comprehensive type of inspection, and is strongly advised when purchasing a new or used vessel. Condition and overall operation of the vessel should 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.
Condition and Value 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.


Damage and Claims Surveys

Damage Inspection and Claims Surveys
This is performed to assess the extent of damage, recommend repairs, estimate repair cost, and if requested, possible cause.


Time and additional expense can be saved by preparing the vessel for inspection and making her more accessible.

Arrange to present a clean, shipshape boat, and have all papers and miscellaneous gear ready. If applicable, you will need to make arrangements with the marina to haul the vessel for bottom inspection, and retain a captain for sea trials. Lockers and cabin areas should be cleared of all miscellaneous gear and ALL bunks should be stripped of bedding and mattresses.

The surveyor should never be asked to prepare a boat for inspection. The surveyor may request minor dismantling of interior ceilings, headliners, flooring, etc. in order to gain access to the suspected areas. Random removal and examination of below-the-waterline fasteners on wood boats may be required. Any dismantling and re-installation of parts should be performed by qualified personnel and is the responsibility of the person ordering the survey.

Written authorization from the owner may be needed to board and/or to remove part of the vessel.


A Marine Surveyor’s Code of Ethics

"For the benefit of all parties at interest, let it be known that a Marine Surveyor does not take sides in any issue.

Our mission is to sight and question where necessary, sufficient to reach a conclusion in all cases assigned and to file an accurate report of same, regardless of who is helped or who is hurt. We are neither for or against anyone.

We don’t make the conditions whatever, we only search for and report them. We stand ready at all times to defend our findings."

Capt. Tom Corley, 1908-2001 Used with permission