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Certified Marine Surveyors is a Chicago-based company providing independent marine surveying and consulting services to insurance underwriters, financial institutions, and knowledgeable boaters. Rick Lenschow, SAMS-AMS, principal marine surveyor, has over 30 years serving the marine industry,  29 of which have been devoted to marine surveying in the Chicago area. He’s completed over 4,000 marine surveys comprising a vast array of vessels from small pleasure boats to large luxury yachts, both power and sail.

We’ve earned a reputation for providing our clients with quality, dependable service in a timely manner. CMS specializes in the following types of marine surveys: Insurance Damage Appraisals, Pre-Purchase, Condition & Value, Mechanical, Investigative Services and Expert Witness Testimony.

Member of:
American Sailing Association (ASA)
American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC)
Association of Marine Technicians (AMTECH)
Boat U.S. Technical Information Exchange (TIE)
Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS-AMS)
International Association Of Marine Investigators (IAMI)

Graduate of:
OMC Sterndrive Certified Technician Course
Johnson Outboard Certified Technician Course
Mercury Outboard Certified Technician Course
American Sailing Association Coastal Cruising 103
American Sailing Association Keelboat Training 101
American Sailing Association Bareboat Cruising 104
American Sailing Association Catamaran Cruising 114
American Marine Institute Certified Technician Course
Mercruiser Sterndrive & IB Certified Technician Course
ASA Certificate Of Proficiency For Navigating Mediterranean Waters (Yacht Helmsman)

Continuing Education:
Sea Ray Boats Service Training Course
Yanmar Engine Service Training Course
SAMS Regional & National Conferences
Infrared Thermography Training Course
Pleasurecraft Marine (PCM) Service School
Volvo Penta Sterndrive & Engine Service School
Intl. Boat Builders Exhibition & Conference (IBEX)
SHIPS, Inc. Watercraft Damage & Claim Evaluation Seminar