Welcome to Maritime Surveyors

Hi, I’m Ross Hubbard, a SAMS®-AMS® marine surveyor and owner of Maritime Surveyors. My office is located in Southern California in Channel Islands Harbor about an hour north of Los Angeles.

Ventura, Channel Islands, and Santa Barbara harbors are known as gateways to the beautiful, unspoiled California Channel Islands right off of our coastline. The Islands are a special area that should be on your list of “must sees.”

Maritime Surveyors serves the entire Southern California coastline with emphasis on our local areas of Ventura, Channel Islands, Santa Barbara and Marina del Rey.


I have been a full-time marine surveyor for the past 13 years and have surveyed more than 3,500 power, sail and commercial boats. I am proud to be an Accredited Marine Surveyor (AMS) with the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS). The culmination of more than 30 years of boat ownership (sail and power), repair and inspecting boats has made me a seasoned marine professional.

My boating background is diverse, having worked in boat management, maintenance, boat repair, brokerage and marine surveying. I also have many continuing educational training hours through American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) seminars, and Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS) continuing educational credits and certificates.

I use CFR (Code of Federal Regulation), ABYC (American Boat and Yacht Council) and NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) standards and regulations as guidelines in my inspections.


I come from a long line of boat and ship builders and commercial watermen, so you could say a love of boats is in my DNA.

I am passionate about boating and inspecting boats, and it is important to me that you are safe on the water, which is why I will go over your boat with a fine tooth comb — the way I would for myself or a family member. I take professional pride in being known as a “very thorough” marine surveyor and I think that is exactly what a marine surveyor should be.

I am a naturally curious person and I want to know what’s going on with your boat or the boat that you are thinking of purchasing. I need to know everything I can about the boat so that I can give it a fair and honest appraisal.

I’m also someone who has followed the adage “Do what you love and you’ll never feel like your working.


I am fully accredited by the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS) with a designation of Accredited Marine Surveyor (AMS). That means I belong to the largest and most respected marine survey association and that I have proven myself with experience and testing through SAMS. The SAMS-AMS designation is what lenders, insurance companies and other marine professionals respect and look for when reading a survey report and dealing with a marine surveyor.

I am also a member of American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC). ABYC literately writes the standards for boating — whether it be boat building, inspection, repair, electrical … you name it. I am the only marine surveyor in this area who is a member of ABYC and also has been standards certified.


I don’t supply any information about you, your boat, transactions, or anything else to anyone, and I don’t “go along to get along” with yacht brokers, lenders, or anyone else for referrals. I will not deliver or supply any reports or information to anyone else without your permission. My marine survey practice is diverse enough that I don’t have to worry about getting referrals that are paid by conflicted interest.

I take my responsibilities to you seriously and make every effort, and then some, to ensure there is never a conflict of interest. I tell you this because the marine survey profession is not regulated. This situation is not to my liking, but I don’t see any change coming soon for universal regulation or standardization, so it is what it is. If you hire me, or any other marine surveyor, you owe it to yourself to know what position your marine surveyor takes when it comes to your privacy.


My approach to marine surveying is pragmatic. I take a practical, real-world approach to surveying boats. I use my background in repair and maintenance to spot problems before they happen. Your survey report will be easy for you to understand without you having to know or learn technical terminology.


Please give me a call or email me if you have any questions about surveying or you want to book an appointment with me. I look forward to earning your business and I will make sure I do an excellent job for you. Please visit the testimonials page to hear what some my clients have to say.


If you want a referral for a marine surveyor, ask a boatyard or other marine professionals, they will let you know who loves doing their job and is good at it and who is just going through the paces. I report the positive and negative aspects about each boat; I don’t have any preconceived notions or prejudice about the manufacturer or type of boat I am inspecting. I survey powerboats and sailboats in nearly equal numbers.

Professional, full time, marine surveyors should be competent to inspect both sail and powerboats.

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