Our Surveyors

Don Patton

Cell +1-305-490-6059 

Email: Pattonmar@aol.com

Surveying and consultation work done  for both yachts and commercial vessels ranging from 28' to 6,000 tons.  The majority of the vessels seen are yachts. Also I assess salvages for  various insurance companies, as well as insurance survey work,  valuation surveys for banks and lending institutions.

This  survey work has included mega motor yachts of the world for condition,  value and insurability, sailing yachts and commercial vessels. Extensive travel throughout the world, including Europe, Asia, North & South America and Australasia.  

Writing  specifications for new builds and refits, overseeing new builds &  refits for yachts of all sizes all around the World i.e. Codecasa, CRN,  Camper & Nicholson, Feadship, Benetti, Hakvoort, Trinity, Delta,  Christiansen, Amels, HDW, Bloom Voss, Royal Huisman, Schweers, Lurssen,  Perini, Nobiskrug, Abeking & Rasmussen, Alloy Yachts, CMN, Devonport  and custom motor yachts and commercial vessels also smaller lesser  known yards covering all types of construction wood, steel and  composite.

I am a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers,  American Boat and Yacht Counsel, Philanthropic Association of Sea Keepers, Mystic Museum, Team Paradise and Paralympic Sports Club which teaches handicap sailors.  

Tom Corness

Cell +1-305-613-5315

Email: tcorness@compuserve.com

Principal Marine Surveyor

I  have been with Patton Marine for 25 years. Surveying all types of  yachts, including large motor and sailing yachts up to 300+ feet.  Travels extensively to boatyards in the US, Europe, South Africa, South  America, Caribbean, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. Prior to this I was  captain and engineer on many large sailing yachts doing deliveries and  ocean racing. I was involved with two Canadian Americas Cup syndicates.

Tom Jones

Cell +1-305-491-0448

Email: Pattonmar@aol.com

Chief Operations Officer

Joined Patton Marine in 1982 surveying yachts of all sizes. With 25 years of experience in the marine industry I am currently Managing Director in charge of the day to day operations of Patton Marine Surveyors and Consultants Inc., where  I supervise our clerical team and coordinate all office functions along  with scheduling surveys and providing information to our clients.    

Ian Kerr

Cell +1-305-310-5911

Email: kerrmarine@aol.com

Marine Surveyor

Board  of Trade certified shipwright, 10,000 hours formal training in ship and  yacht building and repair. Surveyor for Patton Marine, Inc. since April  1994.

Thirty-nine  years of continuous experience in the marine industry. Familiar with  large power and sailing vessels. As a certified boat builder, I have  overseen refits and new construction including writing of  specifications. I have done surveys on all size yachts and vessels up to  300+ feet, including engineering and electrical installations, with a  proven track record for cost effective building, repair, and management  of large power and sailing vessels.

All  oceans experience as captain on power and sailing vessels, including  North and South Atlantic, North and South Pacific, and the Mediterranean  Sea. Extensive offshore yacht racing experience and considerable time  in chartering and commercial fishing vessel operation. 

Guy Clifford

Cell +1-954-326-0791

Email: guyclifford@comcast.net

Marine Surveyor 

With  over 30 years of experience in the marine industry, Guy Clifford  surveys all types and size of yachts, including large motor and sailing  yachts. Prior to coming to Patton Marine, he was service manager of a  yacht building company and worked for several years in delivery of  yachts both sail and power.   He travels extensively to boatyards in the U.S., Europe, South Africa,  South America, Caribbean, New Zealand and Southeast Asia.   

Dan Robsham

Cell +1-954-383-9260

Email: dan@marinesurvey.us 

Marine Surveyor NAMS – CMS Hull & Machinery Chief Engineer, USCG Motor & Gas Turbine Vessels of any HP. 

Chief Engineer, USCG Motor & Gas Turbine Vessels of any HP. Hull  and machinery surveyor for new construction, pre-purchase, insurance,  condition and valuation, damage and regulatory surveys worldwide. Mega  and giga-yacht, commercial vessel, barge and offshore platform values  from $4 to $315 million. Ex- ABS Americas & ABS Europe Surveyor for  classification and flag state surveys of ships 100 to 500,000 GRT.    Consulting  surveyor for international new build and repair projects, including  shipyard pre-qualification inspections, specification preparations,  contract negotiations and oversight of the resulting work on behalf of  Owners.    Specialties  include mechanical, electrical, hull construction and regulatory  matters under various flags and class societies. Attended projects at  over 50 shipyards in the Americas, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and  Australia.    Owner’s Representative for various ship repair and new build projects in  USA, South America and Europe. Completed complex insurance claim  related surveys on behalf of vessel, shipyard, onshore and offshore  facility Owners and Underwriters subsequent to Hurricanes Katrina and  Ike. Assisted ship managers in settlement of contractual disputes.   Represented vessel Owners during completion of multi-million dollar  damage repairs necessitated by groundings, fires and shipyard accidents,  including preparation of the repair specifications and claims  management.  

Anthony Rossitto

Cell +1-954-663-8237

Email: Trossitto@me.com 

Marine Surveyor 

Conduct surveys on megayachts worldwide.  Carry out specification contract reviews. Provide project management and  consultant services to the megayacht industry. Graduated from Maine  Maritime as an engineer and did sea time as such. Worked with American  Bureau of Shipping for many years before joining Patton Marine.    

  • American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector 
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers Certified Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspector 
  • American Society of Non Destructive Testing Level II Ultrasonic and Radiography Technician 
  • USCG Certified for Conducting Inclining Experiments on US Flag Vessels 
  • National Fire Protection Agency Certified for Confined Space Entry 
  • American Bureau of Shipping Certified for Construction, Repair, and Evaluation of Fiberglass and Advanced Marine Composites

Steve Marshall 

Cell +1-954-383-2692

Email: mem1517@att.net 

Marine Electrical Surveyor 

An  electrical/mechanical engineer for over 26 years. Started in the Royal  Navy as a marine electrical engineer who’s duties included watch  keeping, maintaining and fault finding on electrical power generation,  distribution and electrical propulsion systems.   Steve Marshall has also worked as a building  services engineer where he had extensive training in heating,  ventilation and air conditioning systems. He has been an engineer on  several yachts and has been working for the company part time since  March 2003 and full time since 2005.   

Mark Geddis

Cell +1-954-815-0443

Email: markgeddis@gmail.com

Marine Surveyor 

  • A highly  experienced ex-Royal Navy Marine Engineer with extensive experience  operating, maintaining, and rebuilding equipment and systems including  the following:    Gas Turbines                                     Domestic Electrical Systems  
  • Ships Power Distribution Systems
  • Reverse Osmosis & Water Treatment Plants
  • Stabilizers & Hydraulic Systems
  • Sewage and Waste Disposal Systems Diesel Engines and Generators 
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning 
  • Oil / Water Separators
  • Ships Tenders and Personal Watercraft
  • HP & LP Air Systems 
  • Pneumatic Control Systems
  • Cathodic Protection Systems

Strong  project management skills, which include individual and group  management, as well as ability to meet project deadlines within budget  and time constraints. Logical approach to problem solving and an  excellent eye for the aesthetically pleasing. He has been with Patton  Marine as a surveyor for the past 10 years surveying all sizes of yachts  and vessels.      

Chris Smith 

Cell +1-954-376-0942

Email: safetyoffshore@att.net 

Marine Electrical Surveyor   

An  electrical engineer trained in both the British Royal Navy and the  British Merchant Navy. Chris has also enjoyed many years as a licensed  Marine electrical contractor /Surveyor serving the South Florida marine  industry before joining Patton Marine.   Chris  has been with Patton Marine for over 10 years as part of the Patton  Marine electrical division offering onboard electrical surveys  including, electrical systems assessments, pre-purchase and condition  surveys, power generation and distribution analysis, switchboard thermal  imaging, Harmonic distortion analysis and electrical specification  review. 

Walter Richardson

Cell +1 305-951-9097


Marine Surveyor  

As  a yacht mate/captain/engineer and shipyard superintendent for the past  28 years, I have extensive marine industry experience and knowledge.  Prior to working as superintendent, I commanded Feadships, Benettis,  Swiftships, Hatteras, and other vessels ranging from 90' - 151' in  length for 14 years. I have a comprehensive understanding of boat  systems with another 14 years experience in supervising major refit and  repair jobs for the top mega yachts in the industry, including a project  on the 254' M/Y SAMAR. I am committed to professionalism in  customer relations and to getting the job done right, which has earned  me a following amongst boat captains and yacht owners. Over the past 28  years in this industry, both as a captain and while at Merrill-Stevens  and Jones Boat Yard, I have developed many important relationships  around the world in the marine industry, which will benefit Patton  Marine customers.