Gene Sipe, AMS®/SMS, CMIP Surveyor & Adjuster

Gene is an Accredited Senior Marine Surveyor and president of Nautical Service Technologies, Inc. Gene began surveying in 1985 and established Nautical Service Technologies in 1987. Gene is a charter member and past-president of the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors, Inc.® and served as Secretary/Treasurer, Vice-President-Testing, Regional Director and Chairman of Education, and developed the program for continuing education for marine surveyors. Gene is a former USCG Merchant Marine Master. Gene is also the author of the textbook, Specialist Module G - ABYC & US Requirements. His survey certifications include SAMS Accredited Marine Surveyor® in Yachts, Small Craft & Cargo and Fishing Vessels and Senior Marine Surveyor. Gene holds Florida license as an Independent "All Lines" Insurance Claims Adjuster and a certification as a Commercial Marine Insurance Professional (CMIP); as well as a USCG 3rd Party Fish Boat Examiner and OSHA HAZMAT First Responder. Gene has been accepted to testify as an consultant to counsel and an expert whiteness in Admiralty. He has consulted on numerous vessel manufacturing and restoration projects.

Chris Day, Sail & Trawler Surveyor Specialist

Chris started his career in England as a teacher of European History. He spent the more than 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 Myers, Florida. 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 Life.

Ray McLeod, AMS®/SMS - Surveyor Emeritus

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 a specialized in Yacht and Small Craft surveying. 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. produced the Thistle, the International 14 and Great Lakes 21 (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 in its production years. Ray has had more than 80 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.

Our Experience


Collectively we have over 150 years of experience in the marine industry. We know vessel construction and repair practices. We are often involved in the restoration and construction of both commercial and recreational craft. We also have more than 25 years of claims practice in marine insurance.

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Your assurance

The support staff at Nautical Service Technologies uses electronic communications to schedule surveys, compile reports and provide status updates. We respond to all inquiries in a timely manner.

Requesting the services of Nautical Service Tech is as easy as a completing the online form on this site. You simply select the type of service you require, tell us the details about your needs and submit the request through our secure servers. When we receive the request we open your file, assign a surveyor and schedule your survey.