Our Beginnings: In 1985 Ray Shepherd, a well established builder of semi custom trawlers with many years of experience in the marine industry, was approached by a major Toronto marine insurance broker to inspect a boat where there were some underwriting concerns. After consultations with that broker, now deceased, but with the same family successfully carrying on the brokerage firm, it was concluded that there was a considerable need for Insurance related boat inspections or "Marine Surveys". Consequently "Marine Surveyors" was added to the Q.C. Yacht Constructors name. In 2011 the focus of business changed again with the retirement of Ray Shepherd. We carry on, proudly serving our clients today as Q. C. Marine Surveyors. With roots firmly planted years ago, marine survey associates, Donald Roe, Stephen Scott and Ray Shepherd (now retired), present a formidable team with knowledge and boating expertise acquired over a combined 125 years in the Greater Toronto area. In 2016, Paul Eisfeld joined Donald and Stephen in 2016, adding coverage to the Bay of Quinte and Thousand Island areas.
Standards and Directives: Q.C. Marine Surveyors inspect and report on vessels using, among others, the following reference standards: Transport Canada TP 1332 E - Construction Standards for Small Vessels - TP1332 frequently refers to and is continually in the process of being harmonized with ABYC Standards, ABYC - The American Boat and Yacht Council, , TP 511E - The Safe Boating Guide (Safety Equipment Requirements), NFPA - The National Fire Protection Agency, CSA - Canadian Standards Association. RSG-CE - The Recreational Craft Directive and RSG Guidelines 94/25/EC
Transport Canada & the U.S.C.G.: These entities do not approve or certify Marine Surveyors nor is there any legal requirement for Marine Surveyors to be accredited or certified. The prime single requirement that a Marine Surveyor must possess is the ability to provide a professional. informative and accurate vessel inspection report, prepared within the scope of the survey requested and presented in a format acceptable to your insurance company.
Certification/Accreditation: There are a number of private membership certification and accreditation organizations in the United States and Canada. Each has its own fee structure, code of ethics, membership qualifications and education requirements. Several of these private organizations are listed on our "Important Links" page.