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  1. Alan did a great job helping us with a survey of an old boat we had our eye on. He really took the time to make sure we understood the boat as well as we could and went beyond, making sure we understood insurance and other things not directly related to the boat itself.

    He’s clearly very experienced, knowledgeable, and he’s going to do everything he can to make sure you know everything you need to know. It was a real education, and an enjoyable one at that!

    Minneapolis, MN
    1973 Westerly 26 Sloop
    Pasadena, MD

  2. If you’re purchasing a used boat, do yourself a favor and hire Alan with Bayside Marine Surveying, Inc.! As a first time boat buyer I very much appreciated Alan’s patience and willingness to answer all my questions. His knowledge and attention to detail really helped me feel confident in my decision. As others have noted, the report he produces is truly top-notch and was exactly what was needed for both financing and insurance. I’d also like to point out that because of all the tech gear he has, he was able to pull critical information from the engine (including in real-time during the sea trial), which I was able to use to make an informed decision about whether or not I needed a separate engine survey (always nice to save money when you can!). Moving forward, I’d never even consider purchasing a used boat without first having Alan survey it for me!

    2005 Bayliner 285
    Middle River, Maryland

  3. Alan was very detailed with our survey, was easy to talk to, and took the time to answer questions and provide solid explanations of the things he found – as well as giving great boat advice. I really enjoyed working with him and highly recommend him!

    Sea Ray 230 Signature
    Severna Park, MD

  4. Alan was fantastic. Explained everything in detail and has helped me figure things out on my boat even after the survey. Money well spent! He saved me at least a few thousand dollars for repairs I would have had to come out of pocket with had I not chose him for the survey. Will definitely contact him again for future boat purchases.

    2004 Crownline 270 CR
    Essex, MD

  5. I’ve worked with Alan a few times over the past couple years, and he has always been excellent in all aspects. Alan works to understand you and your expected usage of a boat, answers any questions you have, and beyond the “normal” survey experience, he goes above and beyond to make sure you feel comfortable about every aspect of the vessel. Alan doesn’t take shortcuts, and always takes his time to truly inspect and survey a vessel. Combined with his years and years of experience of various brands and types of boats, he’s truly the best choice in getting a proper and confident survey for pre-purchase or any other needs. I can’t recommend Alan enough, and I thank him immensely for his guidance on our journey with our new boat(s).

    2003 Cruisers Yachts 3372
    Middle River, MD

  6. Alan has surveyed a few boats for me. I am thankful for Alan’s deep expertise because he saved me from buying boats with hidden defects, the repairs of which would have driven my cost of boat ownership well beyond any conceivable valuation of the boat.
    Get the honest survey on a boat from a true professional who has seen it all. Alan’s inspections were carried out in a very timely and professional manner. And he has a very practical approach to the surveying which ensures that you get the results you need to evaluate the boat without committing to expensive tests before you determine there is a problem.
    Go with Alan, he is truly a professional boat surveyor.
    Thank you very much Alan!

  7. Alan surveyed the Hunter 33.5 we ended up purchasing and did an excellent and thorough job. He took whatever time we needed to answer all of our questions, gave us confidence in understanding what we were purchasing, delivered a comprehensive written report by the end of the following day, and followed up via phone to make sure we had no other questions. I wouldn’t hesitate to use him again and give him the highest recommendation!

    1994 Hunter 35.5
    Annapolis, MD

  8. Alan is great to work with. He is extremely knowledgeable and he did very thorough work surveying the boat. The survey report was comprehensive and provided excellent information. Additionally, Alan is supportive answering many questions after the survey. I would hire Alan on my next boat purchase -Thank you!

    2005 Carver Mariner 36
    NMB, SC

  9. I had a great experience using Alan to survey a 30′ cruiser. I found Alan to be not only very knowledgable but also very meticulous and thorough. All of his findings were presented in a very professional and concise manner; perfect for presenting to my insurance company and bank, and delivered complete to me within about 36 hours of the conclusion of the sea trial. I would not hesitate to recomend Bayside Marine Survey to anyone in the market for a boat.

    2007 Chaparral 290 Signature
    Middle River, MD

  10. Way more than a surveyor. Alan is not only incredibly knowledgeable and detailed, he’s basically a coach. As a first time boat buyer I had a ton to learn and Alan spent a significant amount of time talking me through all the considerations on numerous boats. A true advocate for his client, Alan made sure I got the right boat and even coached me on where I should be from a price perspective (and prevented me from making a large mistake with the first boat I had under contract). I highly recommend Alan and wouldn’t consider anyone else surveying a boat for me.

    2005 Sea Ray 280 Sundancer
    Essex, MD

  11. Alan is very knowledgeable and he did a great job surveying the boat we wanted and purchased in November 2021. The survey was thorough and provided excellent details including safety tips and requirements. Alan spent time answering so many of our questions via phone and in person. He helped us out with a tight timeline as well. Thank you!

    1996 Hatteras 52 CMY
    Middle River, MD

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