|Tamarack Marine Surveys|
Colchester, Vermont, USA
George T. Little, SAMS® AMS®
Principal Marine Surveyor
George Little is a Lake Champlain-based surveyor, inspecting power and sail vessels, including those constructed of wood. He travels regularly through the Champlain basin,
on both the New York and Vermont sides.|
He grew up in a sailing family, boating on Maine, Vermont and Florida waters. After a formative experience working with heavy-duty diesels in the Peace Corps, he operated an automotive repair facility for many years. He was one of the first Vermont technicians to advocate for and become certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) in the early 1970s.
His migration from mechanical repair to surveying began in the early 1990's, and included a sojourn as an Accredited Member of the American Society of Appraisers, designated in Automotive Specialties. He was active in the Boston Chapter and a co-founder of the Vermont-New Hampshire Chapter.
He has been a member of the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors® since 1995, and designated as an Accredited Marine Surveyor (AMS® #511) since 1998. His continuing education includes participation in SAMS® and National Association of Marine Surveyors (NAMS) sponsored educational symposia, as well as American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) presentations.
He first took a 15-hour Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) course when initially offered in 1990s, and has most recently completed a 15-hour USPAP course in May,2011.
The most common areas of his practice are pre-purchase and insurance surveys for recreational craft, and damage assessments for underwriters. As the "Interesting Surveys" link illustrates, he has also been involved in surveying and appraising historical craft.
His philosophy is that boats are powerful symbols of the human need for "transport" in more than just a physical sense. From this point of view, a surveyor speaks for the boat.
The tamarack tree is a member of the larch family, and is a deciduous evergreen. Also known as hackmatack, the roots are harvested for grown knees on wood vessels.
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