Suenos Azules Marine Surveying and Consulting offers complete marine surveying of sail and power vessels, appraisals, and consultation. This company is dedicated to the highest standards in the boating industry. The south Florida area is our home territory, however we conduct surveys in the Caribbean, Belize, and Costa Rica. Travel to other places can also be arranged. A variety of report formats are available.

Pre-purchase, appraisal, insurance, damage, ultrasonic, consultation.
Sail or power yachts.
Report guaranteed within two business days after the survey.
Fully insured.
We work weekends and most holidays.

A surveyor's goal is to find problems before they cost you money or worse! A qualified surveyor knows where to look for trouble. Do not buy without an independent expert survey and appraisal.

Our surveyor will only provide you with a non-biased report of findings on a vessel that will satisfy any underwriter or lender because our surveyor is a member and prescribes to the ethics and standards of SAMS -Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors, USPAP -Universal Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, and ABYC -American Boat and Yacht Council. Furthermore, as a graduate of the Chapman School of Seamanship, our surveyor will survey thoroughly to the standards set forth by their program.

Highlights, Specialties & Features

  • Marine surveying, yacht deliveries, damage claim inspections, pre-purchase inspections

Professional Associations & Certifications

  • SAMS, ABYC, and the NFPA

Payment Options

  • American Express, Debit Cards, Discover, Google Checkout, MasterCard, PayPal, Personal Checks, VISA

Contact Details

  Website
  Person Capt. John Banister
  City West Palm Beach , FL
  Zip Code 33410
  Address 9910 Alternate A1A, Suite 702-214, Palm Beach Gardens
  Phone Number (561) 255-4139

Business Representative

Capt. John Banister

Principal Marine Surveyor, Captain

Captain John Banister is a USCG Licensed Master Captain and a SAMS Marine Surveyor. Captain John was a former enlisted member of the U.S. Coast Guard where he served as a qualified Federal Boarding Officer and a qualified Coxswain. He is also a graduate of the Chapman School of Seamanship where he obtained his education in yacht and small craft surveying and damage claim surveying. Captain John has lived and sailed aboard his own 34 foot sailing catamaran, and has over 17 years of sailing an boating experience. He is known locally for his professionalism, thoroughness, and honesty in his work.

Customer Testimonials

Capt. John Bannister is very knowledgeable professional and conducted a survey on my now boat & engines about a year ago. Happy to say that he gave me peace of mind in choosing to go forward in purchasing the vessel and I’ve enjoyed it for the last year. He also gave me valuable information and tips on how to maintain and keep my boat in tip top condition, which was very helpful being that this is the first boat of my own. He also recently took a call from me (a year later) when I had an additional question regarding my engines. I strongly recommend Capt. John Bannister and Suenos Azules Marine Surveying for your boat & engine surveying needs.


I hired Suenos Azules to survey a 26 Regulator for me. Being from VA I didn't know any Surveyors in the south FL area. After talking to a couple of surveyors I decided to go with Suenos Azules. John seemed to be the most responsive and professional out of the bunch. I had to wait an extra week because he was so busy, but i'm glad I did. John was on time and spent an entire day going through a 26 foot center console. He found some minor issues with the boat, which in turn more than paid for his fee when I renegotiated the price.

During the survey John checked the usual pumps, switches, lights etc... But he was also able to scan the hull with a moisture meter, a thermal camera (which can show hull patches not visible to the naked eye), and a complete Suzuki engine diagnostic check complete with hours run at different rpms, fault codes and last but not least a compression test on all the cylinders. I would not hesitate to hire John again. For the service that John provides his fee is nominal. I am a licensed Captain and have been around boats my entire life. Even so, having an accomplished surveyor on your side is worth the cost and adds a piece of mind.


John was friendly, prompt, and communicated with us regularly. He provided a thorough survey of our boat at a fair price. We highly recommend Suenos Azules.


John is the man, I rarely write reviews, but was blown away by the marine survey he did recently for me! He is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to anything boating/marine related. I stayed with him during the entire surveying process and felt like I got an entire education about the engines, boat and everything in between.

He's very personable and easy to talk to which made the day fly by. He's the only local surveyor I have seen who uses a FLIR camera which gives you and added piece of mind. He also scoped out each cylinder of the engine which helped. I've had a number of engine inspections after buying boats over the years, but he goes above and beyond anything I could have imagined.

Without a doubt I would recommend him to anyone in a second and will definitely be using him on any boat purchases again in the future.


John did an outstanding job. I was an out of state boat buyer and he spend the time to speak with me at length of the telephone. He always conducted a very thorough inspection of the vessel, to the point that even the experienced seller of the vessel commented to me that he was impressed with the professionalism and thoroughness of John. The final report was very well done and is impressive to read. Lastly, he was responsive to all my needs and was very competitive in his price. I also liked how I could pay for his services via Paypal. You will not regret working with John. Stand up guy.


Captain John Banister made the surveying process an enjoyable event. He employs the newest of technology to make the process as seamless as possible. Great website, easy payment system, super fast response time, available for phone calls, etc! His actual report was extremely thorough and included numerous photos. Would highly recommend Suenos Azules for all your surveying needs! Thanks John for a job well done. And yes, we bought the YACHT!


John is a great guy, always looking to improve his educational and technical understanding of marine vessels! Always a pleasure working with him.