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, 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 survey certifications include SAMS® Accredited Marine
Surveyor in Yachts, Small Craft & Cargo and Fishing Vessels,
with the additional designation of Senior Marine Surveyor.
Gene holds insurance certifications as a Commercial Marine Insurance
Professional (CMIP) and a license as a Florida Independent "All
Lines" Adjuster. He is also a USCG 3rd Party Fish Boat Examiner
and an OSHA HAZMAT First Responder and Florida Notary Public.
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.
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,
FAA Private Pilot-SEL, CAP Mission Coordinator, Observer &
Pilot, PADI Open Water Diver.
Day, Assoc. started his career in England as a teacher
of European History. He spent the last 30 years in the boating
industry. Firstly as a Transatlantic Delivery Captain then as
a Charter Captain in the Mediterranean and Caribbean.
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 boats.
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
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
Ray McLeod, AMS®/SMS -
Achieves Surveyor Emeritus Status
Ray has achieved status as a surveyor emeritus and now functions
in an advisory capacity to the firm. Ray is a legend in the marine
industry. Ray is formerly a Charter member of the Society of Accredited
Marine Surveyors with the honored distinction of AMS®/SMS
designator and specialized in Yacht and Small Craft surveying.
Ray’s surveying experience spanned more than 40 years.
Ray remains the President of Douglas & McLeod, Inc. which
operated a 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 70+ 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.
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