My Name is David Sandford AMS® and I am a practicing marine surveyor specializing in both power and sail pleasure craft. I carry Accredited Marine Surveyor status with the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS®). I am member of, and am standards trained by the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC). My Company DS Marine Surveys website: www.dsmarine.ca operates on the north shore of Lake Ontario in Canada. My column titled The Seaworthy Surveyor is featured regularly in Ontario Sailor Magazine and deals with technical issues pertaining to the maintenance and repair of all types of pleasure craft. The home port of my CS 36 Merlin “Skana” is the Whitby Yacht Club located in Whitby Ontario where I both sail and race.