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Les Salliotte AMS 576
Downriver Marine Surveyors

2827 2nd St
Wyandotte, MI 48192
Cell (734) 516-1176
About Downriver Marine Surveyors

1984 - Started surveying apprenticeship with Lloyd Affholter. A sounding hammer and a pencil, electric typewriter and carbon paper to make additional copies were our only tools.

1986 - Began Surveying solo. Started using a moisture meter as an added tool to look into the laminates, find the ingress points of the moisture.

1990 - Converted from electric typewriter to computerized reports. No more white out for typing errors, spell checker, ability to customize each report. The reports continue to be tweaked to keep up with the changing standards and requirements.

1994 - Completed purchase of Downriver Marine Surveyors from Lloyd. The Internet changed Marine Surveying big time. Made contact with other Marine Surveyors.

1997 - Joined the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors as a Surveyor Associate. Attended seminars, meetings, joined "BoatPokers", an on line e mail reflector that allows surveyors with questions or problems to talk with other surveyors for opinions, methods of testing, etc.

1999 - Passed Accredited Marine Surveyor test on first attempt. I could now add the copyrighted and coveted AMS designation to my name. Continued the meetings, seminars, discussion groups.

2004 - Accumulated adequate CE credits to maintain AMS status. SAMS requires 60 Continuing Education credits every five year period. Achieve those by attending educational seminars, some sponsored by SAMS, some by ABYC.

2007 - Converted to mostly electronic reports. By that time almost everyone had an e mail address and the reports would arrive faster or to multiple locations. Eliminated paper waste, time delay by traditional mailing. Gave my clients the freedom to store, print, or e mail the reports to lending institution or insurance company.

2008 - Began Dry dock inspections on Charter Boats for the MI Department of Natural Resources. Three Marine Surveyors cover the State of Michigan inspecting Charter Boats for United States Coast Guard Compliance, ABYC Standards and MI DNR requirements.

2009 - Accumulated adequate CE credits to maintain AMS status. Continue attending educational sessions. Boats and technologies are continually changing. A surveyor who is not keeping up will be left behind.

2011- Attended Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice seminar and received a Certificate of Completion.

2014 - Accumulated adequate CE credits to maintain AMS status. Continue attending educational sessions.


Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS)
American Boat and Yacht Council
National Fire Protection Association
BOAT/US Technical Exchange