Eugene (Gene) P. Sipe, Jr., AMS®/SMS, CMIP
is an Accredited Senior Marine Surveyor and president of Nautical
Service Technologies, Inc. Gene has been a practicing Marine Surveyor
in south Florida since early 1985 and established Nautical Service
Technologies (NST) in Naples, Florida in 1987. Gene is a charter
member and past-president of the Society of Accredited Marine
Surveyors®, Inc. (SAMS®). Gene has also served as SAMS®’s
Secretary/Treasurer, Vice-President-Testing, Regional Director
and Chairman of Education, IT & Survey Content Committees.
As Educational Chairman he co-authored and administered the SAMS®
AMS® Examinations and developed the program for continuing
education for marine surveyors. As Chairman of the Survey Content
Committee he developed the standard for Minimum Content in Yacht
& Small Craft Marine Surveys. Gene is a former USCG Merchant
Marine Master, 50 Ton Motor, Steam & Aux. Sail.
Gene is also the author of the textbook, Specialist Module G
- ABYC & US Requirements used in the Diploma in Yacht &
Small Craft Surveying program of the International Institute of
Marine Surveyors, of Gosport, Hampshire, England.
His certifications include SAMS® Accredited Marine Surveyor
in Yachts, Small Craft & Cargo with the additional designation
of Senior Marine Surveyor, Commercial Marine Insurance Professional
(CMIP), USCG 3rd Party Fish Boat Examiner, Florida Independent
"All Lines" Adjuster, OSHA HAZMAT First Responder, FAA
Private Pilot-SEL, CAP Mission Coordinator, Observer & Pilot,
PADI Open Water Diver and Florida Notary Public.
Gene also serves as a member of the Advisory Board of NADA Appraisal
Guides. His past endeavors include Director-Florida Marine Intelligence
Unit, Staff Surveyor-Roanoke Cat Team and Florida West Coast Cat
Team Coordinator-MetLife, Chairman-Naples Boat Show, Membership
Chairman-Collier County Marine Trades Assn., Weekly Boating Safety
Column-Naples Daily News, Adjunct Teacher (Marine)-Edison Community
College, Delivery Captain, Sailing Master, Charterboat Captain,
Yacht Rigger, Compass Adjuster and Shipwright.
Gene has been accepted to testify as an expert whiteness in the
marine industry in both of Florida courts and has been a consultant
in numerous vessel manufacturing and restoration projects.
McLeod is a legend in the marine industry. Ray is a former
Charter member of the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors with
the honored distginction of AMS®/SMSdesignator and specializes
in Yacht and Small Craft surveying. Ray’s surveying experience
spans more than 30 years.
Ray is also the President of Douglas & McLeod, Inc. which
is presently an operating full service dockage, repair and mechanical
marina and boatyard with 40 wet slips and storage facilities in
Grand River, Ohio. Douglas & McLeod, Inc is best known for
its years of production of a number of world-renowned sailing
craft. Douglas & McLeod, Inc. produced the Thistle, the International
14 and Great Lakes 21 (which became known as the International
21), the Highlander 20, the D&M 22, the Tartan 27, the Blackwatch
37 and the Tartan 34. Douglas & McLeod, Inc. built over 7,000
boats during their production phase.
Ray’s 65 years of history in the marine industry have earned
him distinction in the marine community and his accomplishments
are acknowledged in numerous boating publications and books.
Christopher Day started his
career in England as a teacher of European History. He spent the
last 25 years in the boating industry. Firstly as a Transatlantic
Delivery Captain then as a Charter Captain in the Mediterranean
Chris worked on the US Pacific Coast as a Marine Consultant where
he relied upon his experience both as a service manager for Clemens
Marina in Eugene Oregon and as the owner of a retail marine store.
He has extensive offshore experience and has consulted in the
purchasing, building and outfitting of countless private and commercial
Chris taught classes in marine related subjects at the University
of Oregon, Lane Community College, City Of Eugene, Oregon, the
City Of Corpus Christi, the International School of Sailing, the
Boston Harbor Sailing Club and most recently at Florida Sailing
and Cruising School in Ft Myers, Florida.
As a USCG Licensed Captain and a Certified American Sailing Association
(ASA) Instructor, Chris has been twice awarded Regional ‘Instructor
of the Year’. He has also been the subject of articles in
such publications as Cruising, Southern Living, Soundings, and
Gulfshore Life.Florida Paddling Club.
Neil Egan is drawn to the marine industry from
his experience boating and fishing. Neil is currenty enrolled as
a full time student at FGCU. He has a fascination with the United
States Navy and military ships. Neil is a second generation member
of the Nautical Service Technologies Team and serves as a Transcriber/Data
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