Marine Surveys

Many insurance companies and banks require condition surveys before providing coverage for your boat. We offer marine surveys and appraisals of yachts and small craft for insurance, finance, pre-purchase, damage, and donation.

Count on Us for Boat Inspections

We know that there is a lot at stake when buying a boat. That is why we do thorough inspections to help you come up with an informed decision. We will provide you with a detailed report that you can use for insurance and pre-purchase appraisals.

Whether you are purchasing a new or used boat, or your insurance company is asking you for a marine survey inspection, or you need help selecting the right boat for your family, Captain Ariel is your point man.

Captain Ariel Sport Fishing Charters & Marine Survey

Standards We Follow

  • ABYC (American Boat and Yacht Council) voluntary standards and recommended practices
  • NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency)
  • The CFRs (Code of Federal Regulations) guidelines
  • The mandatory standards promulgated by the United States Coast Guard (USCG)

All vessels can benefit from a survey. Our reports are professional, easy to read, and written. All financial and insurance institutions accept them worldwide.

What We Offer

Our services include

  • Damage inspection survey
  • Engine analysis and diagnostics
  • Consultation service
  • Expert Witness / Marine Investigation
  • Thermal imaging
  • Hull examinations
  • Insurance survey
  • Pre-purchase survey
  • Appraisal survey
  • Damage inspection survey
  • Engine analysis and diagnostics
  • Consultation service
  • Expert Witness / Marine Investigation
  • Thermal imaging
  • Hull examinations

Insurance Survey

This inspection is performed so that the insurance company can determine whether the vessel is an acceptable risk. They are interested in structural integrity and safety for its intended use. Most insurance companies require a survey of older boats. They will also want to know the vessel's fair market value.

Pre-purchase Survey

A pre-purchase survey is strongly advised when purchasing a new or used vessel. Condition and the overall operation of the boat should be examined. This includes such items as structural integrity, out of water inspection, sea trial, electrical systems, propulsion system, fuel system, and machinery, navigation, different on-board systems, cosmetic appearance, electronics, and overall maintenance.

If a survey is done at any time for the previous owner, it may not be very accurate for you, the purchaser. Your surveyor works only for you.

Appraisal Survey

This inspection is performed to gather enough information to justify or determine the fair market value of the vessel. This survey is for financing, auctions, estate settlements, donations, and legal cases.

Damage Inspection Survey

This survey is to assess the extent of damage, recommend repairs, estimate repair cost for the boat, and, if requested, the probable cause. We check for the damages of any sort for the insurance underwriters and lenders to paying claims.

They need an impartial report on which to base their settlement. This marine survey will determine the cause and extent of the damage as well as the probable cost of the repairs.

Engine Analysis and Diagnostics

One of the essential parts of the boat is the engine. We can check your potential boat and provide you with a detailed analysis and diagnostic report of the condition of the engine.

Consulting Service

We can represent your best interest in repairs, maintenance, new construction, vessel operation, and the selection or replacement of a new/pre-owned vessel.

Expert Witness / Marine Investigation

We also offer liability, subrogation, scene investigations, and litigation support.

Physical inspections take one hour to several hours; however, most completed written reports require three business days. Faster service is available for an additional 15% of the total survey fee quoted payable in advance.


Sport Fishing Charters

If you are looking for a charter boat fishing specialist or a qualified wildlife guide, we can help. With over 25 years of experience exploring the everglades, we know the area and have fished in all types of conditions in South Florida waters.

Captain Ariel is a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain and a commercially insured U.S. Department of Interior-approved fishing guide.

Skiff Fishing

Fish for a full or half-day in an 18-foot Hell's Bay boat, which is equipped to handle all possible fishing challenges in the area. The unparalleled maneuverability and shallow draft of this vessel allow our charters to access areas that are off-limits to other watercraft.

Safety is our main concern aboard the boat, and we are equipped with the latest communications gear, from VHF radios to mobile satellite phones. Tackle, bait, and other equipment.

Guided Canoe Fishing

Fish in the "no motor zones" in remote areas that are accessible by canoe only. These places receive light fishing pressure from other anglers, so the fishing is typically excellent. Snook, redfish, tarpon, and sea trout are common in these waters.

These trips are tailored to the experience, abilities, and requests of the client, so please call for pricing. Space is limited to one angler.


A fishing trip on a deep-vee 21-foot boat to a Gulf of Mexico shipwreck is unforgettable. Enormous Goliath grouper will test your strength and stamina.

You can also expect to find lots of free-leaping tarpons, loggerhead turtles, and emerald green water. Permit, cobia, tripletail, and mackerel are plentiful as well.

Night Fishing

This is recommended for experienced anglers. You can target nocturnal species like snook and tarpon with hydro glow fish lights and other night-fishing technology.


You can take a scenic ride through the everglades and become familiar with this pristine wilderness. See skyscraping mangroves, buttonwoods, orchids, and other varieties of flora.

Search for the American bald eagle, flamingo, osprey, porpoise, manatee, blue heron, American alligator and crocodile, and more. We provide dry storage for camera equipment.

Please call for pricing since tours vary according to season and destination.

Houseboat Vacation

A houseboat vacation can offer the perfect opportunity for photography, fishing, sightseeing, or just plain relaxing. Please call for more information and reservations.

We can also arrange to position your yacht or small craft in nearby waters as a mother ship for sport-fishing adventures.

Fly Fishing Instruction

As an experienced captain and angler, Ariel can instruct all skill levels - from the novice fisher to the expert caster. Learn different techniques from roll casting to the double hull and the speed cast.

Seminars and Clinics

We offer programs for fishing clubs; sport fishing shows, corporations, and organizations can also be arranged.

You can learn proper fishing techniques, fishing knots, appropriate tackle selection, and more through a curriculum specifically designed to meet your group's needs.

Duck Hunting

Guided duck hunts in South Florida (Lake Okeechobee and Everglades)

What we provide:

  • Duck boat
  • Decoys
  • Blinds

Area Map

  • Trip 1 -Flamingo Flats
    Premier destination for world-class fishing.
  • Trip 2 -Whitewater Bay Backcountry
    Remote and underfished locale.
  • Trip 3 -Biscayne National Park Flats & Oceanside
    Close to Miami, Key Largo, and Fort Lauderdale.
  • Trip 4 -North Biscayne Bay
    Close to downtown Miami and Key Biscayne.
  • Trip 5 -Everglades Water Conservation Areas and Miami
    Adjacent to Big Cypress National Preserve.