Client Testimonials

We are extremely proud and pleased to present some of our feedback we have received from clients regarding completed surveys and marine services we have provided for them. If you would like to be included in our client testimonials page feel free to send us an email here.

"This surveyor came to the marina within an hour after I called him during a last minute fiasco with a boat that I wanted to close on. He did a great job carefully going over everything on the vessel. Needless to say I purchased the vessel. He had the report sent to me within 48 hours like he had promised. It was very detailed with a lot of pictures and written in simple, easy to understand language. His smile and personality made a very painful event alot easier. I would highly recommend this surveyor!"  J.E., West Palm Beach, Florida, S/V "Sea Notes"

"I used this company in the capacity of a "Captain for Hire" to move my sailing catamaran from Fort Pierce, Florida to Miami while I was stuck in New York on business I could not avoid. Captain John did a great job moving the catamaran and made sure it was at the haul out on time. I appreciated his extended efforts and leaving the boat the way he found it. I would use this company again."  Edward Barnes, Sandy Hook, New Jersey, S/V "Kataholic"

"The survey on our Pacific Seacraft Dana 24 done by this surveyor was excellent. The assignment was complicated the fact that we were undertaking the purchase from overseas and had not previously owned any boat larger than a dinghy. We thus needed a surveyor who could make the extra effort to work with a "remote" client with limited experience in boat inspection and ownership. His professionalism, diligence and attention to detail, coupled with a great client-oriented mindset, yielded a very detailed survey quite carefully explained by him both in person and over the phone. The survey not only told us what we needed to know about the boat, but is also a great guide to its key systems and things that can be done to improve them. We cannot recommend him more." JSS and EPB, London, UK

"This surveyor, also a licensed Captain, was prompt and extremely thorough in his pre-purchase survey of our 23 Grady-White Gulfstream. He was a pleasure to deal with, quick to respond to e-mails, came as promised, called me with a verbal report that night, and delivered a high quality written report within a few days- and at a great value. I've since e-mailed him for advice to which he's been very responsive and helpful. I highly recommend this surveyor!" R.T., Derby, Vermont

"Captain John Banister is an Excellent Marine Surveyor. Suenos Azules Marine Surveying and Consulting is the company that you want to use and recommend to your friends and clients. I am the owner of Admirals Insurance Corp. When I submit Capt. John's surveys to insurance companies for consideration, the Underwriters are amazed with the professionalism, efficiency, and details found in the survey. The insurance Companies always comment to me about his surveys being the "Best of Breed" this makes my field-underwriting task easier." TK Krumenacker, Owner / Agent, Admirals Insurance Corporation, West Palm Beach, Florida

"We wanted to write to thank you for the time and extra effort you took this past month in helping out with the labor and overseeing the refit and delivery of our 50' Prout Catamaran. We feel fortunate to have met someone that was not afraid of getting their hands dirty and putting in the overtime needed to get the vessel completed on time. It has also been a pleasure for us to have gotten to know you personally. Your hard work, honesty, knowledge, research, and the late hours you put into the refit has saved us thousands of dollars. We could not thank you enough." Roberto and Carmen Ramos-Garcia, Quepos, Costa Rica

"I just wanted to express my thank you for your service. Not only did you reply to my emails extremely quickly, but you were always professional, polite, and very clear. The fact that you were able to get out and conduct the evaluation so fast was amazing. I've read some sample surveys before and can say that none of them were as detailed, clear, and comprehensive as yours. Your sub-48 hour turn around time on the survey was amazing as well. I also appreciated the added video. Although I may or may not purchase the boat you inspected, I feel confident that I know everything there is to know about the craft itself. I may be calling you in the future if I need you to look at another boat in South Florida again. The fact that you were such a professional, made this wonderfully easy on me especially with the fact that I'm currently overseas. Thanks again." Ben J., North Africa

"I want to thank you again for the most thorough, comprehensive, and informative survey that I have been a part of in my ten years of being a boat captain. Not only was your professionalism evident, but your patience and answers made me feel that you were looking out not only for my wallet, but most importantly, for my safety. I feel like I knew exactly what I was getting into before purchasing this boat and your suggestions on safety equipment and areas of repair and concern where all followed. I consider you my ally and would recommend you whole heartidly. Do not hesitate to have anyone call me for a recommendation." Captain Richard Louis, West Palm Beach, Florida, S/V "Stone Roller" 

(Translated from Spanish) "Hello Captain John, I was lucky that I was able to have the opportunity to find you to conduct the survey and sea trial of the yacht I was interested in purchasing in West Palm Beach, Florida last month. You were a very cordial and attentive surveyor. I could see that you had a sincere interest in the quality of work and service that you provided for me. From the first moment I contacted you, you knew how to explain every detail regarding the survey and sea trial. For a person like me that did not understand English very well, it can be very hard to understand these kind of things, but you helped me tremendously by your simplicity and humble personality. The best part of my experience with you was the day of the survey. You arrived precisely on time and inspected every centimeter of the boat starting with the engines, later the hard board, soundings, moisture content of the wood, and the propellers. You do not know how grateful I am of your professional passion and dedication that you put into your work. You put in nine hours of inspection work on a 44 foot yacht. You explained every detail bit by bit to me. You then emailed me two days later with the survey report with several pictures that were included in the survey report. In the end I decided not to purchase the vessel because it would have been a bad experience for me because of the extent of the repairs that were needed. Because of your findings from the survey, you helped me avoid a nightmare with the time and money that this yacht would have cost me. I would recommend you to anyone because of your professionalism, honesty, dedication, sympathy, and simplicity especially for someone who did not speak English. Muchas gracias."  Dr. Jose Coll, Maracay, Venezuela

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Suenos Azules Marine Surveying and Consulting • Palm Beach Gardens, Florida