Seafaring Solutions LLC provides customized professional services to power boaters and sailors. Marine surveys for pre-purchase, insurance or estate/legal valuations are by a SAMS® Surveyor Associate. Custom surveys can be tailored to the owners needs, such as selling, safety issues or suspected problems. Sailing instruction and services are by a licensed US Coast Guard Captain with over 20 years experience on the water.

  • Denny Pearson, SAMS® Surveyor Associate
  • ABYC Standards Certification
  • USCG Merchant Marine Master
  • Graduate Chapman School of Seamanship Yacht and Small Craft Surveying
Serving Illinois, Wisconsin and Northwest Indiana

Our Services

Seafaring Solutions provides personal and professional surveying, intruction and consulting services to boaters



Buying a boat can be exciting and challenging at the same time. As we fall in love with what may be our new pride and joy on the water, it is very important to verify the integrity and safety of the vessel. That’s why it’s imperative to have an independent objective set of eyes to evaluate the boat. Having a survey can avoid heart break and big dollar repair bills. Even marine surveyors will have another surveyor perform a survey on their boat for this reason.

A pre-purchase survey, also referred to as a Condition and Valuation Survey, is a detailed stem to stern inspection of the boat’s structural integrity, electrical systems, propulsion machinery and fuel systems, navigational equipment, electronics, overall maintenance and safety equipment. Inspections by a SAMS® surveyor such as Seafaring Solutions are per American Boat and Yacht Council, ABYC, standards and U.S. Coast Guard regulations.

Financial institutions and insurance companies often require a SAMS® survey, but more importantly the survey is to protect the new owners investment and the safety of the passengers and crew.

Insurance Survey

Insurance companies require boat surveys to determine if the vessel is an acceptable insurance risk and to determine the vessels value. Not as detailed as a pre-purchase survey, the insurance survey documents the structural integrity and safety for the intended use of the boat. The owner must determine from the insurance company if a haul out is required for a bottom inspection and any other requirements to make sure that the survey is complete and meets the insurance company requirements.

Custom Surveys

Do you have concerns about your boat? Are you thinking of selling? Or are you interested in keeping your boat up to date for current standards and safety requirements? Surveys can be customized to meet your needs. Work list and custom surveys are performed per your requirements on an affordable hourly rate. This is a great way to find potential problems before they can be become costly or safety issues or just to re-assure the owner about their concerns.

Personal Instruction

Purchasing a first boat or a move up in size can create questions and concerns. Reviewing equipment and taking the boat out with a trained Captain can help with safety and confidence.

Seafaring Solutions also offers customized, relaxed and enjoyable sailing instruction on your boat. Want to shake down sails on your new boat, practice docking and maneuvering or learn basic sailing skills, call Seafaring Solutions to discuss details.

About Us

Denny Pearson enjoyed sailing while running a successful manufacturing company. As a degreed engineer with three patents, his engineering experience helped with the challenges of sailing on Lake Michigan and boat maintenance.

He became a USCG Merchant Marine Master for the Great Lakes and Inland waters for 50 Gross tons vessels with Sailing and assistance towing endorsements with the goal of becoming a sailing instructor. After graduating from Chapman School of Seamanship Yacht and Small Craft Surveying he started Seafaring Solutions LLC to provide professional surveying and sailing instruction.

A SAMS® Survyor Assoiciate Denny keeps current on marine technology and surveying standards. Also a member of ABYC, he is a certified standards technician.

Contact Us

Denny Pearson, Surveyor Associate


Phone: (224) 286-1252