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Jacob S.

2 weeks ago

Fantastic service! Ben did a survey on a boat I was purchasing and was extremely thorough. He squeezed me in his schedule to get it done in a timely manner and went above and beyond explaining future maintenance items I need to watch out for. Extremely professional from start to finish, I would highly recommend.

Raymond H.

7 weeks ago

I was looking to get a boat survey done on a boat I intended to buy. I am from NY and the boat was located in NC so naturally I went with the guy with the best reviews and that was Jared Houghtalen. Once I called him he told me he was unable to help me out in the time frame I needed and he highly recommended Ben Brown from long bay marine. I am a believer in recommendation and I couldn’t have been happier to go with my gut. Ben did an exceptional job with my pre purchase survey. Not only did he give me a through and extensive report on every inch of the boat but he also sent me 250+ photos so I could get familiar with it from a distance and see what he saw. The seller even called me to tell me how great of a survey was done on the boat. I would HIGHLY recommend Ben to anyone looking for a marine survey that wants a true and honest representation of what you are getting.

Joe S.

7 weeks ago

Ben was great to work with. Tremendous attention to detail. Gave me all the time needed to walk through the report. Will definitely use again and highly recommend.

Paul and Silvia M.

9 weeks ago

Purchasing a boat out of state. Survey very detailed and was available for any question. Highly Recommended.

Alex M.

10 weeks ago

I needed a SAMS surveyor in the NC area. I contacted Ben with a very short notice on my watch and he was able to accommodate us. From the moment I spoke to Ben, he kept us well informed about the survey date and what to expect. He communicated directly with the seller’s broker and was able to perform a very detailed inspection of the boat. He then provided us with a written report within 24 hours and discussed every deficiency found on the boat and its best recommendation. Extremely professional and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend Ben if you need an accredited marine surveyor in the area. Thank you again Ben!

Garrett M.

12 weeks ago

Hired Long Bay Marine (and Ben Brown) to survey a used cruiser, and as prospective new boat owners my wife and I couldn’t be happier. We attended both the land and sea portions of the survey, and not only was he extremely thorough (identifying a number of important issues that we would have never found on our own – get a survey!), he was very patient with all of our dumb questions, and we ended up learning a lot while having fun to boot. Turned around the final report extremely quickly too. Thanks Ben!

Nathaniel P.

16 weeks ago

The thought of buying a boat out of state was concerning, but I was finding limited options locally. Ben was extremely thorough and helpful. He noticed things I never would have. Really put my mind at ease with my out of state boat purchase, and would recommend before any boat purchase.

Collin B.

17 weeks ago

Exceptional work! Ben performed an in-depth pre-purchase survey of a 2011 Stingray I was unable to see in person. After his survey he took the time to walk me through all of his notes and even provided maintenance and upkeep suggestions I could use going forward. He then put together a thorough written report which included pictures of the entire boat. Based on Ben’s findings I was able to get the dealer to fix several items on the boat before I purchased it. This definitely saved me some money. Ben’s work gave me the validation I needed in order to confidently buy the boat. I would highly recommend Long Bay Marine for any of your boating needs. – Collin B

Theresa F.

19 weeks ago

Great professional and prompt service. Ben was very thorough and took time to answer all our questions. Thank You Ben Brown!

Scott C.

19 weeks ago

Mr. Ben Brown conducted my survey of a Sea Ray 210 select, providing expert, professional and prompt service throughout the entire process. I would absolutely seek to work with Ben and Long Bay Marine in the future and highly recommend their services to any prospective buyer. Well Done! Scott C. Jacksonville, NC

Chris B.

20 weeks ago

Ben was awesome. As a first time boat buyer having someone like him was priceless. He did a great job with the inspection and findings. Took time to go over things he saw on the boat and review them with me. I can’t recommend him more highly, especially if you are an inexperienced boat buyer.


23 weeks ago

Ben surveyed an older Post Convertible for me and was an absolute professional. He was thorough and took the time to explain all that he was reviewing . I have had other boats surveyed and Ben exceeded all expectations. If you are a first time boat buyer this is the guy who will fully explain what you are buying and if you are knowledgeable you still can gain from his extensive knowledge

Todd B.

32 weeks ago

Ben did a very thorough job on my survey and completed on time as promised. I would recommend him.

Todd J.

32 weeks ago

Ben was as thorough as you can get. Lots of photos and documentation. Good advice, and always able to talk, even if you call him 5-6 times over a week after the inspection like myself. Highly recommend

Greg D.

34 weeks ago

Ben was an extremely knowledgeable surveyor, promptly meeting me on time and walking me through the surveying process. Ben took the time to not only draft a complete and detailed survey, he went the extra mile to show me the boat’s strengths and deficiencies. I would highly recommend him

Rob H.

41 weeks ago

Ben is the consummate professional! I have never witnessed a more detailed, objective, focused inspection of any type. He worked nearly 6 hours inspecting every area of a 260 Sundancer I plan to purchase. Ben saved me countless headaches and thousands of dollars. I will never make a marine purchase without his help and advice. You shouldn’t either.

Rob,  N. Topsail Beach

Peter D.

42 weeks ago

Need a speedy survey and received when promised with great detail

Greg S.

48 weeks ago

Working with Ben for our boat survey was a pleasure. Ben is of the highest integrity and is a true professional. There wasn’t a question Ben would not answer directly. I am completely confident anyone using Ben will have the same experience and be completely satisfied with Ben and his work! Call Ben if you need a marine surgery. Thanks Ben, great job!

Gregg D.

49 weeks ago

I recently purchased a boat from out of state. Due to the type, location, and cost of the boat, I knew I needed a professional advocate to give me a fair assessment of my potential investment. I received a recommendation from a local broker and called Long Bay Marine. The owner was immediately helpful and available within my required timeframe. He provided a professional, detailed and colorful report identifying from the smallest to the more significant issues with the vessel. His intimate knowledge of every working system provided me with an invaluable tool in the negotiation process. I’ve owned the boat now for over five months and have not identified any issues that were not previously described in the report. The price was very reasonable and the report has been extremely helpful while making necessary repairs. I highly recommend Ben Brown at Long Bay Marine for a “spot on “ survey!

James B.

50 weeks ago

My wife and I live in MD and are preparing to purchase a boat in SC. Ben recently did the survey and we cannot over emphasize how pleased we were with his service, attention to detail, and professionalism from start to finish. He spent the day with us on the boat, during haul-out, and during sea trial and was extremely thorough with his inspection. The survey report that he completed was very detailed and solidified our confidence in the decision to proceed. Very professional and personal; the frank discussions with Ben were greatly appreciated and contributed even more to the overall survey experience. Thanks Ben for a job well done and a pleasure working with you!!


51 weeks ago

Long Bay Marine recently did a re-insurance survey for our boat. Ben was very thorough and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend him to survey any boat you own or are looking to purchase! Great experience!

Suzanne C.

51 weeks ago

A very professional service! My husband and I have never purchased a boat like this before… With Ben’s survey we were able to purchase with confidence. Thank you for your quick response and reliable information.

Steve R.

Aug 23, 2019

I live in Texas and was looking at a boat in South Carolina. I called Ben with Long Bay Marine to inquire about getting the boat surveyed. Ben was on the boat the following day and had a very detailed and thorough report in my hands within 48 hours. Saved me the time and money of having to go look myself. Thanks for the great job.

Brian W.

Aug 4, 2019

Got an opportunity to work with Ben on a survey of a Cruisers 370 express. Ben made a very hot & long day very enjoyable as he did his job professionally answering any and all questions. Ben KNOWS BOATS !!! I was supplied we a detailed report with clear photos showing the boat and it’s systems Great job, I highly recommend Ben Ben I proudly wear my Long Bay Marine hat THANK YOU BEN !!!

Bryan J.

Jul 31, 2019

Exceeded my expectations. Ben was extremely thorough, went above and beyond to ensure my satisfaction and took the time to answer all my questions (and there were many). I highly recommend him and he’ll be the first person I contact next time around.

Jul 10, 2019

We hire Long Bay Marine LLC for a survey on a 33′ Fishing Cruiser, with twin 8.1 engines, Generator, Cabin AC, Galley, Head, cleaning station, live well’s & much more. Ben was very professional, & we felt the survey he performed was very thorough. Ben shared his finding with us as he worked, & he also provided on hands detail as he seen needed. Ben was opened to answering any questions or concerns we had during the survey. The final survey report provided is excellent, its well formatted, written, and very informative, we would highly recommend Ben & Long Bay Marine for your next survey.


Bill H.

Jul 8, 2019

Besides being very knowledgeable and capable, Ben was more than happy to answer any questions that I had. Best of all, he has established a network of exceptional professionals in all marine areas that were able to address any problems with the boat. After they get through, all you need is the Yeti. Thanks, Ben!

Ray B.

May 31, 2019

Ben was awesome to work with I was not able to be there for the survey and left it in his hands after I had to fly home. The boat had a small mechanical issue on the day of the survey which prevented Ben from doing a sea trail. He agreed to go back ( over an hour each way) and complete the sea trial on another day when the issue was fixed. Ben was prompt and always communicated with me every step of the way. I would highly recommend him if you are looking to have a boat surveyed

Adam S.

May 23, 2019

I’m from out of the area and, upon a referral, asked Ben Brown to survey a boat for me in NC. He was very responsive, quick moving, detail oriented and professional – as well as nice and courteous. He moved quickly and did a thorough survey of the vessel, which revealed a few items that required remediation before purchase. He also followed up with additional suggestions/advice for me as the new owner and reached out to the brand to get me an owner’s manual and allow me to add myself to the owner’s register. In my opinion, he went above and beyond and I would recommend him highly.

Ralph G.

May 14, 2019

Ben provided a very thorough inspection for a boat that we were driving 6 hours to purchase. We would not have felt… MoreBen provided a very thorough inspection for a boat that we were driving 6 hours to purchase. We would not have felt comfortable purchasing the boat without it. He was very responsive, detailed and affordable. He followed up 3 days later to see how the purchase and transport went. I would highly recommend him to others.


May 6, 2019

Ben recently did a survey on a boat that I am preparing to purchase. I cannot over emphasize how pleased I was with his service, attention to detail, and professionalism from start to finish. He was very punctual to the agreed time and was extremely thorough with his inspection. The actual survey report that he completed far exceeded my expectations and solidified my confidence in the decision to purchase this vessel. Both the current owner as well as myself will be sure to use Ben again when the time comes. The money spent is 1000% worth the peace of mind that you know exactly what you are getting in your vessel. Very professional and personal. Great experience. Look no further for your next marine survey, do yourself a favor and give Ben a call. You will be glad you did.

Jon S.

Feb 11, 2019

I recently had Long Bay Marine do a complete Marine Survey and inspection on my center console. Ben Brown put forth a… MoreI recently had Long Bay Marine do a complete Marine Survey and inspection on my center console. Ben Brown put forth a very thorough inspection report on every aspect of the boat outlining meticulous details good and bad about the boat. Recommendations were made on how to have a healthier boat for our trips offshore. The smallest detail on a boat could leave you stranded or crippled offshore if you are unaware of a simple fix. I highly recommend Long Bay Marine. If you are buying or selling a boat or just want confidence in your ride. Call Ben Brown

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