Bill Cosbie and Associates
Marine Surveyors, Naval Architects & Mechanical Engineers
Marine Surveys by Bill Cosbie Marine Survey, William Cosbie, SAMS® AMS®, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA Fort Lauderdale, Florida

William Cosbie, SAMS® AMS®
Principal Marine Surveyor
954-547-1925

Project management and oversight for any size Maritime projects, Refits, Repowers & Power conversion, Extensions, Painting, Stabilizers (active and zero speed), Navigation systems, Geo tracking Satellite systems for both Internet and Audio-visual systems Serving the maritime community since 1993.

Serving the USA, Mexico, The Bahamas and The Caribbean


About Us
Qualifications Marine Surveys by Bill Cosbie Marine Survey
  • USCG licensed Master/Captain (3000 Ton) Operated vessels to 232'Yacht and Commercial )
  • Expert witness and insurance claims work for over 20 years
  • 30 years actual boat repair yard experience
  • 100,000 ocean miles (both sail and power) to and from multiple foreign countries
  • Instructed failure analysis courses at Mercury Marine and multiple insurance companies such as State Farm, Allstate, Zurich
  • Standards Accreditations, and Accident Investigation at the American Boat and Yacht Counci.
  • 15 years active Factory Certified Mechanic with Mercury Marine. OMC, Volvo Diesel, Caterpillar
  • HAM General radio license W/Morse code
  • Commercial Multi-Engine Aircraft Pilot
Marine Surveys by Bill Cosbie Marine Survey Bill Cosbie grew up in the boat business At 17 years of age he was commissioning, operating, and delivering new and used boats to 50'. He later worked up to Service manager of Svendsen's Boat Works in Alameda California. This is a large well respected boatyard in the San Francisco Bay Area that has been in business for decades.

During this time he met Bill Reisner of Bay Area Survey. Mr. Reisner took Mr. Cosbie under his wing and started Bill off part time surveying both engines and yachts. Mr. Reisner's firm has been in the business since the 1960's and he is knowledgeable in both fiberglass and wood built vessels, passing on his experience to Mr. Cosbie.

Mr. Cosbie is one of the few people in the marine business that would take on the most challenging jobs of changing the type of power in a yacht.

Marine Surveys by Bill Cosbie Marine Survey

Mr. Cosbie is one of the few people in the marine business that would take on the most challenging jobs of changing the type of power in a yacht. Power conversion is not something you can learn in a classroom or textbook, this requires years of experience and many additional specialized skills. This type of work involves converting a boat from gas to diesel engines, or installing larger engines for more power. Additionally this could include changing the type of engine control systems from mechanical to newer electronic control and monitoring systems. Bill knows how to re-engineer the drive train and engine mounting systems properly to accommodate the increased power and torque, calculate if the new power will be useful and to what degree. This process may also include changing and reinforcing fiberglass, wood encapsulated, and cored stringer systems. Complete rewiring of the vessels engine room to bridge electrical and control systems..

Bill has personally managed over 100 million in projects from refits to vessel extensions, and many stabilizer systems. He is an asset to assist with vessel acquisition due his vision of what is could be for a buyer. .

Marine Surveys by Bill Cosbie Marine Survey This type of work involves converting a boat from gas to diesel engines, or installing larger engines for more power. Additionally this could include changing the type of engine control systems from mechanical to newer electronic control and monitoring systems. Bill knows how to upgrade the drive train and engine mounting systems properly to accommodate the increased power and torque, calculate if the new power will be useful and to what degree. This process may also include changing and reinforcing fiberglass, wood encapsulated, and cored stringer systems. Complete rewiring of the vessels engine room to bridge electrical and control systems. Bill also is a Factory Certified Mechanic with OMC, Mercury Marine, Crusader Marine, and Volvo Diesel. He is familiar with Caterpillar, Cummins and all leading marine power systems.

In 1990 Bill purchased a small marine repair facility on the Delta with only 2 employees. Bill built this repair business up to 19 fulltime employees at one time performing over 5 million dollars a year in yacht repair work, while continuing his survey business. Bill had hundreds of boats in his yard that were surveyed by other surveyors and subsequent repair work ordered from these surveys. Bill reviewed these surveys from many different surveyors over the years and wrote estimates then performed the repair work requested, Additionally the yard repaired further damage found after tear apart, and discovery of the item on the report while always keeping safety and the customer's best interest in mind.

In 1999 Bill successfully sold his repair and dealership business and began surveying boats full time. He joined the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors shortly thereafter. Bill then developed and implemented a training program for insurance adjusters and taught classes about surveying, marine damage assessment and failure analysis to Allstate and State Farm employees.

Marine Surveys by Bill Cosbie Marine Survey Bill has performed over 3000 marine surveys and damage investigations, and has served as an expert witness throughout the United States in over 100 cases. Mr. Cosbie has spent over 30 years in the yacht repair business in both Coasts of the USA. Due to Bill's extensive marine repair yard and estimating experience he has the ability to create and accurately assess repair estimates. Bill has performed damage reports for Allstate, State Farm, CNA, Boat US, and Zurich Insurance companies just to name a few.

Due to Bill's extensive marine repair yard and estimating experience he has the ability to create and accurately assess repair estimates. Bill has performed damage reports for Allstate, State Farm CNA, Boat US, and Zurich Insurance companies just to name a few.

Bill's work has taken him throughout the USA, Mexico, Bahamas and Caribbean.


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