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About Pacific Marine Surveyors

Rick Gorman

Rick Gorman, Principal Marine Surveyor, is an active member of SAMS (Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors). Rick takes pride in meeting their high ethical standards and exceeding their rigorous continuing education requirements. He is certified by the ABYC (American Boat and Yacht Council) attesting to his knowledge of their exhaustive technical and professional standards for boats.


Rick has performed over 2,000 marine surveys and damage investigations throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. His renowned knowledge and experience in the field has led to him being a leader in the surveying industry. 


Rick has also sailed more than 20,000 ocean miles and navigated most conditions safely with no damage. This hands-on long distance sailing experience allows Rick to use the gear and systems on the yachts first-hand. Thisrare combination of experience and passion for boats is an invaluable asset in assessing vessels, marine equipment and making recommendations.

He is a graduate of the renowned Chapman School of Seamanship, Marine Surveyor Program. He is a member of American Boat and Yacht Council and the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors® with Accredited Marine Surveyor® status. He has a natural understanding of the forces which act on a vessel's hull and structure and knows how to find hidden flaws which sometimes go unnoticed, but may cause serious problems if not discovered in time Most buyers are not experienced enough, or mechanically inclined to a point where they can make an adequate evaluation on their own. Even those who are qualified benefit immensely from a second professional, cold and unbiased opinion.

Daniel Gorman

Daniel attended the California Maritime Academy, earning his degree in Marine Engineering and obtaining his US Coast Guard 3rd Engineers Unlimited license. After graduating from the Maritime Academy, Daniel worked out at sea on commercial ships under his license. Daniel has grown up sailing and working on boats his whole life. Starting at a young age, Daniel would help his father, Rick with surveying during the summer when he wasn't sailing or once he graduation, working on a ship. Daniel decided to come shoreside in 2015 and has been surveying ever since. He has shipped over 50,000 ocean miles and sailed over 20,000 miles, including a number of Transpac and Mexico races. ​Daniel attended the Chapman School of Seamanship Marine Surveying Program and graduated with at the top of his class with honors. He is also a member of the the following organizations:

  • American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) Certification

  • National Accredited Marine Surveyors (NAMS)



Evan joined the Pacific Marine Surveyors family in 2020 after working in the commercial shipping industry for 10 years.  He is a graduate of the California Maritime Academy class of 2011 and majored in Marine Transportation. He holds a 3rd Mate Unlimited tonnage USCG license, as well as a 1600 Ton Captains license with an unlimited towing endorsement.  He spent most of his sea-going career on offshore and ship assist tugs working for Crowley Maritime.  His passion for boating started from a young age and continues to be on the water with his family, taking their boat to Catalina Island as well as local sailing and racing whenever they can... Work in Progress

  • USCG 1600 Ton Master License upon Oceans

  • American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) Certification

  • National Accredited Marine Surveyors (NAMS), Apprentice Surveyor

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