Morris Marine, Inc.
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Dave Morris began recreational solo boating over 25 years ago as a child on a small day-sailer.  His first professional crew position was in 1995.  Morris Marine, Inc. was founded in 2000 when Dave became a full-time surveyor.  Below is a summary of his qualifications:

Survey Experience

  • Damage surveys - pleasure and commercial boats up to 120'
  • Pre-purchase / Condition and value surveys
         • Assistant surveyor on mortor yachts up to 165'

         • Lead surveyor on motor yachts up to 147'
  • Flag state compliance and safety surveys on motor yachts up to 184'
  • Security surveys for compliance with the ISPS (International Ship and Port Facility Security) code on motor yachts up to 206'

Marine Consulting Experience

  • Company Security Officer for a fleet of four motor yachts over 500 gross tons
         • conduct Ship Security Assessments in accordance with SOLAS Chapter XI
         • conduct onboard security surveys
         • train crew for security duties
         • responsible for the development of the Ship Security Plan and approval
           of the plan by the flag state surveyor or classification society surveyor
         • research and provide intelligence reports to Ship Security Officers
  • Assist yachts prepare for and undergo classification society surveys
  • Assist yachts comply with the MCA Safety Code of Practice for Large Commercial Yachts
  • Specification writing for new construction
  • Project manager for refits
  • Assist in the development and implementation of ISM (International Safety Management) systems and conduct internal audits onboard yachts and for the shore office
  • Develop customized SOLAS safety training manuals for yacht crews
  • Assist with the development and production of safety training movies for charter guests
  • Build engineer (owner’s representative) for 120’ fiberglass motor yacht

On The Water Experience

Dave’s knowledge of onboard systems and a boat’s performance characteristics is based upon not only formal education, but practical experience on the water. 

Pleasure Boating
Dave grew up sailing small boats on Lake Lanier near Atlanta, Georgia and fishing from john-boats on small lakes after school.  The first boat he purchased himself was an inboard / outboard bow-rider.  After developing an interest in water skiing, he found some friends with competition ski boats and learned to bare-foot. 

Like most boaters, Dave had the urge to buy a larger boat.  He found a 36’ twin engine cabin cruiser in need of repairs and began his first re-fit.  He rebuilt or replaced most mechanical and electrical systems and installed a new 3-unit air conditioning system.  Dave even re-surfaced the countertops and cabinets and covered two partitions with new upholstery.  Finding the upholstery work stretching his skill set, he contracted out the remainder of the interior refit. Upon completion of the project, Dave lived aboard for 5 years on the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tennessee.  He later owned a 17’ center console but then decided it was better to have friends with boats than own them himself!
Professional Crew

Dave has served as:

  • Captain of motor boats up to 62’
  • Engineer of motor yachts up to 127’
  • Mate of motor yachts up to 125’ and sail boats up to 41’
  • Deckhand on commercial 58’ power catamaran ferry and 300’ paddle-wheeler

Away from the Water - Industrial Experience

Ingersoll-Rand Company
Systems Engineer – for air compressed air systems up to 2,000 Hp.  Designed mechanical rooms including equipment layout, ventilation, piping schematic and oily water disposal.  Sub-contracted mechanical contractors and supervised equipment and piping installation.  Established preventative maintenance contracts and assisted Ingersoll-Rand technicians in service troubleshooting.  Established and managed dealers for 2 Hp to 50 Hp products.

Torrington Bearing Company
College Internship - in engineering design.  Designed process water-cooling system.

Atlanta Gas & Light Company
College Summer Internship – in corrosion analysis.  Inspected cathodic protection of piping systems and wrote work orders where zinc anodes were inadequate.

Education & Training

  • BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University.  Dean’s list, honor roll in college of engineering.
  • Completed portions of the Yacht Design Lite program at Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology.
  • STCW 95 training:
    •     Basic fire fighting
    •     Sea survival
    •     Personal safety and responsibility
    •     Basic first aid
    •     Advanced shipboard fire fighting
    •     Advanced maritime first aid
  • Detroit Diesel series 2000 training for owners and captains
  • MAN diesel engine seminar for owners and captains
  • Maritime security and vessel defense training
  • ISPS (International Ship and Port Facility Security) ship and company security officer training
  • ISM (International Safety Management) internal auditor training
  • ABYC (American Boat and Yacht Council) standards for small craft training
  • Knox Marine Yacht Insurance Claims Seminar
  • First Marine Small Power Watercraft Damage & Claim Evaluation Seminar

Membership & Qualifications

  • SAMS (Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors), AMS since 2003, member since 2000
  • IAMI (International Association of Marine Investigators), CMI, Florida state coordinator
  • INSB (International Naval Surveys Bureau), approved non-exclusive surveyor
  • ISPS (International Ship and Port Facility Security) certified ship and company security officer
  • ISM (International Safety Management) certified internal auditor
  • ABYC (American Boat and Yacht Council) accredited in standards for small craft
  • USCG master’s license, (not current)


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