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Williamson Marine Surveyors LLC.

Joseph M. Williamson AMS, SAMS # 737
Accredited Marine Surveyor
ABYC Certified
Office Ph. 1 813 641 1001 Cell Ph. 1 813 401 8215 Fax: 1 866 641 5239

Email: joewillsurvey@gmail.com

Serving Florida and all states upon request
All surveys are to ABYC,SAMS, NFPA and USCG and ASA standards

We use the below agencies criteria for all surveys:

The Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS) has its roots in the International Maritime Technical Institute Conference held in Brunswick, Maine during the latter part of 1986. Most of the participants expressed a desire to belong to a professional society of Marine Surveyors who would have a different purpose and outlook than found in the existing professional organizations of the day. Among the participants were the late Jim Robbins of C.A. Hansen Corporation and the late Fred Lowe, formerly, Instructor of Marine Surveying at the Chapman School of Seamanship, Stuart, Florida.
Jim Robbins and Fred Lowe founded the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors during the early part of 1987 and enlisted the late Michael Strocchi of Strocchi & Co. to join them on the original Board of Directors. A carefully chosen cadre of fifty (50) Charter Members was solicited to be the foundation of the organization. Over the next 18 months and three national meetings, the organization of SAMS® was put into place. The Society headquarters was moved to Jacksonville, Florida, where it continues to provide services to its members.
SAMS® is intended to be an organization of Professional Marine Surveyors who have come together to promote the good image and general well being of their chosen profession. Accredited Marine Surveyor members are surveyors who have accumulated time in the profession, and have proven the technical skills necessary for designation as AMS®. There is, through the Surveyor Associate program, the opportunity for less experienced members to participate in SAMS® and hone their skills under the tutelage of Accredited Marine Surveyors in their local area. Affiliate members, who benefit from the association with the Society’s members, are professionals, corporations, and organizations active in the marine field.
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.
SAMS® intends a controlled growth. Our organization is actively seeking skilled professionals who have a need to achieve and maintain a standard of excellence in their profession.

The American Society of Appraisers: (ASA) is a multi-discipline, non-profit, international organization of professional appraisers representing all appraisal disciplines: Appraisal Review and Management, Business Valuation, Gems and Jewelry, Machinery and Technical Specialties, Personal Property and Real Property. Our mission is to foster the public trust of our members and the appraisal profession through compliance with the highest levels of ethical and professional standards. The American Society of Appraisers:
Fosters professional excellence in its membership through education, accreditation, publication      and other services with an emphasis on professional ethics to protect the      public;

  • Establishes and maintains principles of appraisal practice and a code of ethics for the guidance of      our Members;
  • Provides valuation education to practicing appraisers and others;
  • Awards professional designations to qualified Members;
  • Strives for universal recognition that Members are objective, unbiased appraisers and      consultants of values;
  • Promotes the exchange of ideas and experiences among Members;
  • Seeks to attain recognition of the appraisal profession by both public and private enterprise;
  • Cultivates a community of interests amongst users of and members of the appraisal profession;
  • Promotes research and development in all fields of the appraisal profession; and

History of ASA

The American Society of Technical Appraisers (ASTA) and the Technical Valuation Society (TVS), organized in 1936 and 1939 respectively, were consolidated; thus was created the American Society of Appraisers (ASA).

ASA is a nonprofit organization of individuals that was incorporated in the state of Delaware in 1952 to establish an effective professional affiliation of appraisers of all disciplines, working cooperatively to elevate the standards of the appraisal profession.

By reason of this broad concept, the society occupies a unique position among all professional appraisal societies in that it recognizes and is concerned with all classes of property: real, personal, tangible, and intangible.

Article II, Sections 1 through 6, in the April 2000 edition of ASA’s constitution outlines the objectives of ASA as follows:

  1. The society shall promote the exchange of ideas and experiences among its members; cultivate the profession of appraising; establish and maintain principles of appraisal practice and a code of ethics for the guidance of its members; maintain universal recognition that members of the society are objective, unbiased appraisers and consultants of property values; award one or more professional designations to qualified members of the society; and seek to attain recognition of the profession by both public and private enterprise.
  2. The society recognizes that there are basic communities of concept, purpose, thought, practice, and standards that are common to the many appraisal fields in which its members engage and that their guided promotion and establishment are vital to each and all such special fields and to the appraisal profession and to the public.
  3. The society shall promote research and development in all phases of property economics; cooperate with other appraisal and valuation societies and related professions and with finance, economics, engineering, architecture, accounting, building construction and related interests, real estate, insurance, taxation, and management; and approve and adopt reports of its committees or other groups as to standards, codes, and recommended practices.
  4. The society shall forbid the use of its name, emblem, or initials in any manner not in accord with its constitution, bylaws, principles of appraisal practice, and code of ethics.
  5. The society shall have the power to do any act or thing necessary to its functioning.
  6. The board of governors shall establish an Educational Foundation with the purpose that the Educational Foundation shall encourage the advancement in appraising of all classes of property, both real and personal.

The American Boat & Yacht Council, (ABYC), was created in 1954 as a non-profit organization to develop safety standards for the design, construction, equipage, repair and maintenance of boats.

Mission: The role of the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) is to be the essential source of technical information for the international marine industry. We will develop product safety standards, credentialing, education, training, and other tools to equip our members to be successful. Everything we do will support our members to achieve the goal of making boating safer.

Vision: The American Boat & Yacht Council, ABYC, will maximize customer satisfaction with the boating experience through safety standards for products, service and repair.

Safety: Working with organizations such as the US Coast Guard, ABYC publishes over 70 documents that outline engineering guidance for the construction and repair of boats. When boats are built and repaired “by the book” it means ABYC! Boating Safety, built in… 

Boats/Accessories
Federal Regulations cover very little when it comes to boat and accessory construction. This is where the Standards of the ABYC take over. Our documents are much more comprehensive and address new technologies. Buying a new boat built to ABYC standards means you have Boating Safety, Built in. The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) certifies boats using the ABYC Standards. Is your new boat built by an ABYC Member? Make sure your critical safety equipment is manufactured by an ABYC member. 

Boating  Safety Checklist App:
Boat Essentials-USCG Safety Gear is a simple checklist app to help you identify the safety items you are required to have onboard your boat and make suggestions on other items that will make your boat safer and more comfortable.

The Fort Lauderdale Mariner’s Club(FLMC)  first met at the Cafe De Geneve on March 2, 1989.

Objectives of the Club are simple and straightforward. We are a non-profit, non-political organization devoted to the promotion of friendly associations among our members, to encourage high standards of business practice throughout the community and to provide a forum to improve the marine industry in South Florida.

The focal point of the Club’s activities is the marine seminar we hold prior to the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show in October of each year. The first marine seminar, held in 1989, was attended by more than 150 people. Today, the seminar draws more than 500 participants from all walks of the marine community. The interesting slate of speakers, coupled with the opportunity for attendees to interact with each other in a vibrant setting, has made the marine seminar a truly international event.

Monthly luncheons, along with purely social events held throughout the year, are planned to provide friendly settings for our members to get together. Although competitors in one sense, we have a lot in common and much to offer each other.

The Club strives to be an avenue for free discussions and exchanges of information that will be of assistance to all members. Today, the club numbers over 200 active members from all parts of the marine industry here in South Florida and beyond.

We invite all marine seminar attendees and other interested persons from the maritime industries to meet with us, to exchange ideas with your peers, and to enjoy our common backgrounds and careers.

The idea of a “Mariners Club” is not new. The first clubs originated with national sponsorship assistance from Babaco Alarm Systems of Moonachie, New Jersey, during the early 1950s in the Chicago and New York areas. Today, there are more than 30 clubs throughout the country, the largest of which is in Houston.

The concept of a local club had been discussed among people in the marine industry for several years. Near the end of 1988, several people in the area, some of whom were members of other clubs, got together and with the assistance of Gary Genovese and Carl Taylor of the law firm of Conrad, Scherer & James, decided to proceed with the idea. These “founding members” who served as the first board for the club had the first official meeting of the Ft. Lauderdale Mariners Club at the Cafe De Geneve on March 2, 1989. Those who joined early on comprised the “Charter Members” of the Club.

The idea of a social club composed of people from all facets of the marine industry caught on quickly. Today, the club numbers over 200 active members from all parts of the marine industry here in South Florida and beyond.

Objectives of the club are simple and straightforward. It is a non-profit, non-political organization devoted to promote friendly associations among our members, to encourage high standards of business practice throughout the community, and to provide a forum to improve the marine industry here in South Florida.

The focal point of the club’s activities is the seminar held prior to the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show in October of each year. The first seminar, held in 1989, was well attended by over 150 people. Recent seminars have drawn well over 500 participants from all walks of the marine community. The always interesting slate of speakers, coupled with the opportunity for attendees to interact with each other in a vibrant setting, has made each seminar a truly international event.

Monthly luncheons, along with purely social events held throughout the year, are planned to provide friendly settings for our members to get together. Although competitors in one sense, club members have a lot in common and a lot to offer each other. The club strives to be an avenue for free discussions and exchanges of information that will be of assistance to all members.

All seminar attendees and other interested parties are invited to meet with members to swap ideas and thoughts and discover some common ground. The Ft. Lauderdale Mariners Club is your club, designed to benefit each member individually and the group as a whole.

TAMPA BAY MARINERS CLUB, INC.

The Tampa Bay Mariners Club, Inc. was incorporated in 2007 as a Florida Not For Profit Corporation, therefore, its purposes are not for pecuniary profit. Also effective in 2007, it was approved as educational, cultural, charitable and/or professional within the meaning of Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

OBJECTIVES OF THE CLUB ARE:

  1. Friendly association between its members; and
  2. To maintain a high standard of ethical and sound business practices among its members; and
  3. The continuing education of members and other interested persons which will tend to improve the Maritime Industry; and

D. To maintain business relationships in accordance with equitable and lawful business practices; and

  1. The making of distributions to tax-exempt organizations.

PROGRAMS OF THE TAMPA BAY MARINERS CLUB, INC.

We conduct regular monthly luncheon meetings, featuring guest speakers who are knowledgeable in subjects of interest to our members.

An annual meeting is conducted in December of each year.

We also conduct an annual educational seminar, including a golf tournament, and charitable fundraiser for “Make a Difference Fishing Tournament, Inc.”, a 501(c)(3) organization. The seminar is for the benefit of our members and for all others who are interested in improving the Maritime Industry. Speakers have included representatives from marine insurance, admiralty law, marine construction, shipping, marine surveying, marine salvage, and many other segments of the Maritime Industry.

In 2013, the Tampa Bay Mariners Club, Inc., initially funded the “Tampa Bay Mariners Club, Inc. Endowment Fund” in partnership with the Hillsborough Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. The purpose of the Endowment Fund is to provide support for 501(c)(3) entities, which, via education, tend to improve the maritime industry.