the business of marine investigations
to Court Testimony
Expand your marine business!
Conducting marine investigations can help free you from
the limitations of a seasonal business and expand your business
opportunities and income.
hires marine investigators?
In addition to insurance companies, specialist investigators
merge their specialized pleasure craft knowledge with investigative
abilities for a broad range of clientele.
can range from boat owners with serious warranty claim disputes
and faulty repair issues to being hired by lawyers as investigators
as either fact witnesses or expert witnesses.
Marine investigators often work for boat owners who are
having trouble with insurance claim issues, assisting the
boat owner obtain a proper claims settlement.
Investigations - The first and only book of its kind
on the subject of investigating pleasure craft casualties and
other issues. Although written primarily with the North American
market in mind, international surveyors will find that the principles
employed here are equally applicable to where ever marine surveyors
are to be found.
Book - by the Author
This book was written
because I perceive that there is a great need for more qualified
investigators which has gone unmet for far too long. Moreover,
as boating continues to grow, the need for more investigators
will also continue to grow. Unfortunately, there is virtually
no literature available on the subject. Equally unfortunate
is my perception that of the few practicing marine investigators,
far too many do not have a sound understanding of the proper
role and function of the investigator. I propose to fulfill
both those need.
This book uses a
format similar to my marine surveying book "Surveying
Fiberglass Power Boats"; in that I cover the subject
from beginning to end, starting with the basics of establishing
a business, then moving on to basic fundamentals, including
the vital issues of insurance and law. Next comes the nuts and
bolts of investigating, along with the essential subject of
conducting interrogations, followed by how to write effective
reports and ending with the essentials of how to be a good legal
witness and testifying at deposition and in court.
There is virtually
no limit to the number of situations that can give rise to the
need for an investigation. The most common employers of investigators
are, of course, insurance companies, but also lawyers, boat
owners themselves as well as affected second and third parties.
Though it would take a number of books to cover even just the
major possibilities, I have concentrated on the most frequent
events such as fire, sinking, machinery damage, theft and fraud
in considerable detail.
Far too often the
investigator becomes an advocate for his client, resulting in
this becoming a partisan who produces a report which is biased
and obviously prejudicial. The result of this malpractice is
usually a report that is easily discredited during legal proceedings,
and thus becomes a disservice to the client. Investigators get
themselves into this bind mainly because they can't perceive
a way around it. But there is and this book carefully explains
how to avoid falling into the trap of becoming a paid partisan
whose indiscretions are ultimately revealed and he is made a
fool of in court.
Learning to become
an effective investigator is not difficult; rather, it is more
a matter of tenacity, gaining experience and following a few
simple rules of engagement. Few marine surveyors actually perform
investigations on a full time basis. For most, it is a major
part of a diversified professional range of services that dovetails
very nicely with any type of survey business. Branching off
into investigations is especially good for those who are working
in marginal boating areas where it is particularly difficult
to obtain a steady flow of work.
of a good reputation based upon effective, professional work
is critical to developing an investigative book of business
from a variety of sources. This book covers virtually all of
the essentials needed to achieve that goal.
David Pascoe was certified by the National Association of Marine Surveyors in 1972 after serving a five year apprenticeship with a family owned marine surveying firm. During that time he has served as a Correspondent to the American Institute of Marine Underwriters and provided investigative services to both domestic and international underwriters.
He is also a licensed independent adjuster in the State of Florida and has conducted hundreds of marine casualty and pre-litigation investigations, both domestic and international, and frequently testifies as an expert witness.
David Pascoe is
the author of "Surveying Fiberglass Power Boats" (2001,
2nd Edition - 2005), "Buyers’ Guide to Outboard Boats"
(2002) and "Mid Size Power Boats" (2003).