Anchor Marine Survey

Full time professional boat & yacht surveyors

I began to survey boats in the late 1990s with my dad, Charles Wiley. He was my great friend and when we weren't having fun boating in some form or fashion, he was a professional marine surveyor. Initially I was asked to "give him a hand" with a boat survey here or there. Otherwise he would say he was going to survey a boat that I would enjoy seeing and invite me along (to take notes and type the report). We looked at wooden boats, fiberglass boats, concrete boats, sailboats, power boats, go fast boats and many race boats. It was great fun but I was a Maryland State Trooper. When I retired in 2001, after serving 22 years, I used my extra time to learn more about being a full time marine survey professional. I went to Chapman School of Seamanship in Stuart, Florida to learn about how to survey. I attended many classes through the American Boat and Yacht Council where I became Accredited in ABYC Standards, learned about Yacht Electrical Systems, Propulsion Systems, Diesel and Gas Systems, and on and on. I joined the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors where I took a long and arduous examination to become an Accredited Marine Surveyor #756 in 2002. I was sponsored and became a member of the International Association of Marine Investigators. At the end of the day, my dad taught me and many other surveyors about various boats and yachts and ships, and I feel privileged to have worked with him.


Karen Wiley Alt

Boat Surveyor SAMS / AMS #756

US Coast Guard 50 Ton Master

Power  /  Sail  /  Tow

member IAMI, ABYC, MSP Alumni