Finding Your Next Boat Is Just the First Step…
Let Us Help You Get the Most Out of Your New Boat
Founded by brothers Jim and Mike Merrick and buoyed by daughter Delaney Merrick, Merrick Marine is uniquely positioned to provide peace of mind for the yacht owner. From the pre-purchase survey, to yacht delivery, to At-The-Helm℠ instruction in your own boat, we can help you get the most out of your time on the water.
It all starts with a comprehensive survey of your boat by a SAMS accredited surveyor. From stem to stern, we will inspect, analyze, and clearly report the condition and value of your boat. We provide detailed reports and we are happy to discuss them with you.
Not only are we Coast Guard Master Captains, but we have years of experience operating all types of boats. Whether you need a skipper for a day, a delivery to Alaska, or someone to get your boat through the locks so you can focus on getting ready to go racing, you can trust us with your baby.
We want you to get the most out of your boat. To be confident that you can take it anywhere, any time. We’ll teach you how to safely operate your boat, not from a book, or in a classroom, but at the helm of your own boat. Drop the hook, fly the chute—you can do it. Let us show you how.
Sinkings, collisions, damage claims, title research, or vessel repossessions—whether you are an insurer or a vessel owner, Merrick Marine has a unique skill set to provide timely, complete reports and credible in-depth research. We’ll get to the bottom of why you were on the bottom!
OLD SALT OR FIRST TIME BOAT OWNER, WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED
The printed survey was very well put together and very informative
His services far exceeded my expectations and I would recommend him as a marine surveyor even if you are a novice boater.
professional, friendly, and I learned some stuff
The entire end-to-end process was a great experience.
I cannot recommend him enough.
If you’re looking to do a boat survey, I would recommend Merrick Marine
If you're looking to do a boat survey, I would recommend Merrick Marine.
We will definitely be going to Jim again for any future surveying needs!
Captain Jim Merrick gets our highest possible rating and we do not hesitate to recommend him to one and all.
Both are extremely knowledgeable, professional, respectful, and honest.
Obviously, we discussed problems with the boat, but they also told us about how we might update the electronics and add a cooling plate to make the ice box a refrigerator, which they really didn't need to take the time to do. We know so much more about the boat ourselves after following them around during their survey.
We also received their report from Lori Merrick in a timely manner. It was well written and supported with lots of helpful pictures. We appreciated the work of all three of them.
I highly recommend them!!
I would recommend Merrick Marine to perform your survey.
The completeness of your survey was a critical factor
Very knowledgeable, comprehensive survey report.
Recommended without reservation
I’ve found my new go-to for Surveyors and referrals!
The process was not only thorough but pleasant to talk to experts willing to help answer questions with an experienced perspective to boating.
I've found my new go-to for Surveyors and referrals!
I would definitely contract with Merrick Marine again for survey services
For a marine survey, this is the company to use
It was refreshing to see how thorough and knowledgeable he was in performing the survey.
Jim and his daughter were so detailed and over communicated everything I had complete confidence in them.
One of the most professional surveyors in WA
Very professional and easy to work with
I’ve started recommending Merrick Marine to others and they will be my first call the next time
Jim is a true pro
I strongly recommend them.
a stress free and educational experience
Highly recommend Merrick Marine
Merrick really knows his stuff
I would recommend them to anyone in the Puget Sound area looking for a great surveyor!
Reliable, on time and thorough sailboat inspection
Would highly recommend them for any job large or small!
I couldn’t have asked for more thorough attention to detail
You won’t find a more experienced team
Jim and Delaney did an amazing job…Would highly recommend the services of Merrick Marine.
Super knowledgable and fair
Great people. Great service.
They did some nice work surveying our Axopar 37. Very thorough.
Jim and Delaney were prompt, thorough, and informative throughout our sailboat survey.
Good professional to work with
The survey was timely, thorough and very professional.
They were professional, knowledgeable, and fun to chat with
Jim was great, and supported by a great family team who made things simple
Best of all he doesn’t disappear after the survey
Highly recommend him for you survey needs.
The Merricks have lifetimes of experience on the water in the Pacific Northwest and around the world. We grew up here, spending every possible moment on the water, cruising, racing, living aboard, and commercial fishing in Puget Sound, SE Alaska, and Bristol Bay. We have cruised and raced in every corner of the globe including not just the Salish Sea, but Australia, the Med, the Baltic, Hawaii (Vic-Maui), SoCal, the Caribbean, and the Chesapeake.
We have worked in fiberglass and aluminum manufacturing, including owning an advanced composite marine manufacturing business building boats from 12 feet to more than 70 feet. We began laying up dinghies in the garage long before we could drive a car. Mike even holds a patent in a unique fiberglass fabrication process.
Jim is an Accredited Marine Survey in Yachts and Small Craft with the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS), and both Delaney and Jim are members of the International Association of Marine Investigators (IAMI). Jim is also an ABYC Certified Systems Technician. Mike holds a patent in fiberglass fabrication.
Like her father Jim, Delaney is a USCG-licensed Master with Sailing Endorsement, and she is also an active member of the USCG Auxiliary. She is also a licensed private investigator with her own agency. Her background in global investigations and security bring a unique depth and attention to detail to our reports and investigative work.
Merrick Marine is intimately familiar with boats and systems of all sizes and shapes, from cuddy cabin to motor yacht, from dinghy to offshore racer. Our experience in fabrication allows us to more thoroughly survey your boat and accurately estimate damage claims regardless of material, composites, core, or onboard systems.
Our approach uses the latest technologies including infrared, ultrasonic, and laser measurement, as well as the knowledge that comes only from years of hands-on experience. During deliveries, we can even offer dynamic GPS tracking so you can follow along and know exactly where your boat is at all times.
If all this seems overwhelming, don’t worry, we can help you make sense of it all. Whether you just want to know the best practice for docking your new boat or you want to learn how to do a dip-pole gybe with your tri-radial spinnaker, our At-The-Helm training will take you through it—hands-on, on your own boat, in the very water where you want to be. Our two-instructor “Couple’s” training allows us to work with both the person at the helm and the person on the lines at the same time, ensuring competence and confidence for all on board.