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Bache Marine Consulting
PO Box 756 • Sandusky, OH 44871-0756
Kevin R. Bache, SAMS® AMS® 1997, NAMS® CMS 2002
Kevin 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.
Surveys for both power and sail boats
Pre-Purchase and Condition/Value Surveys - Insurance Survey - Vessel Appraisal Survey
Damage and Claims Surveys
PREPARING YOUR VESSEL
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