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Your professional 18-page type written and pictorial marine survey report, made it very easy for us and the loan & insurance companies to complete this deal without any questions or problems.
I would like to thank you for your professional and personal effort to juggle your schedule to meet our needs.

Ed and Joanne Pientka

Sea Ray 540
Lake Forest, IL​

I have worked with several surveyors in the past, but found Certified Marine Surveyors to be at the top of the list. Professional in every regard, they provide prompt, efficient, and comprehensive surveys. I found them to be extremely knowledgeable and thorough. I recommend their services without hesitation.

Capt. Ben Sells
Fairwind Sail Charters, Inc.
Chicago, IL  


I just wanted to say “thanks” for walking me through the process.  Having never owned my own boat before, you made a daunting task a breeze.  From your ability to adjust your schedule to coincide with a tough Chicago winter, to your professional attitude in dealing with my endless questions. You helped me get the best boat for the best price for my family.  

Thanks again, 
Maryellen Begley 

Dear Rick,

I would like to thank you for the thorough survey you provided on the 1998 Sea Ray 440 Express Bridge I purchased.
Your survey uncovered warranty-related damage that was eventually repaired by the manufacturer, based on your survey findings and recommendations. Without the survey I would have suffered significant financial loss whenever I eventually sell the boat.
I enthusiastically recommend you to anyone considering the purchase of any watercraft.

Stan Stetz
Chicago, IL  

Dear Rick,

A note of thanks for the excellent survey you performed on my Sabre 38, Savannah. Being from San Francisco and buying a boat in Chicago, I was concerned that I’d be able to find a good surveyor. You did an excellent job, were very responsive to all my questions, and your valuation page and methodology were very helpful in completing my purchase.
Savannah now sails in San Francisco Bay, and is as fine and as sound a boat as your survey indicated she was. Thanks for the good work.

Jake Cartwright 
Sabre 38


Divorce proceedings required that I have valuation surveys performed on each of my vessels. The vessels were located in IL and FL. Your professional reports allowed me to negotiate a fair settlement.

Thank you Rick!
Laura Foley
Dear Rick,

I would like to express my sincere appreciation and thanks for your knowledgeable and professional conduct. It was my fortunate luck to have found you via the Internet and I never imagined I would feel comfortable purchasing a boat thousands of miles away.

Your Condition & Value Survey report finding previous undisclosed damages saved me over $10,000. I also appreciate your advice and follow through with ensuring the repairs were done properly and your recommendations for how to safely conduct the purchase.

Being in Canada and purchasing a boat over the Internet your services proved invaluable. I feel you went over and above my expectations providing me with immediate feedback, valuable advice and exceptional service.

Thank you,
Kevin Thomson
British Columbia, Canada
You have done a thorough job and the report is very comprehensive. Your detailed comments on various issues have given me many good ideas on what to look out for when shopping for a boat and, of course, your detailed price analysis was invaluable.

Thanks again for doing the survey for me.
Rob Crooks
Chesapeake Bay
Nonsuch 26
Your detailed marine survey report made it easy for me to negotiate with the seller and make him aware of issues that needed to be addressed, to complete the deal.
Your assistance with the marine survey was greatly appreciated. This was the second time that I retained your services and I would be happy to refer you to anyone who is buying a boat.

Armand Trahan
1995 Hunter, “See Ya”
Laval, Québec, Canada
Certified Marine Surveyors performed a pre-purchase survey on my 360 Chris Craft with the highest quality and professionalism. Rick Lenschow spent time to educate while delivering a thorough assessment of all major systems and surfaces. The inspection findings more than paid for an already reasonable CMS fee during negotiations and ensured my interests were fairly represented. I’ll absolutely use Certified Marine Surveyors’ services again and would highly recommend them to any boat buyer.

Jason Lee
Chicago, IL
After considering 3 or 4 other boat surveyors we decided to hire Rick Lenschow of Certified Marine Surveyors, Co. to survey a 43’ houseboat before we made the purchase. Rick was easy to work with, honest and provided the service at a fair cost. We definitely would consult with Rick again before purchasing another pre-owned boat.

Robert & Beth Melvold
Maquoketa, Iowa

I just want to thank you for the outstanding job you did on the marine pre-purchase survey. Your patience, flexibility and accessibility were greatly appreciated. Your attention to detail and thoroughness surpassed every expectation I had for the inspection. On a side note, even the insurance company made mention that this was the “most comprehensive survey we have ever seen”. Thank you for making this part of the buying process less stressful.

Bill Duran
Mokena, IL

The survey and report provided on our Catalina 30 sailboat was very thorough, and factual. I am impressed with the courteous service and the quick response provided. Your willingness to address any questions I had in an objective and factual manner was appreciated. Not knowing anyone in the Chicagoland, it was very reassuring to know we were dealing with a very professional, courteous and responsive service provider. I will not hesitate recommending your services to any of my associates in the boating world.

Len Laplante
Forest, Ontario
Hi Rick,

I want to thank you for this detailed survey. I have owned boats for 45 years and have never been in receipt of survey conducted as well. You have given me insight into this purchase which will be of great value to me. I wish that other surveyors in the industry would meet your standard.

Stephen Grote, DDS
Hunter Passage 42
Inverness, FL