Southwind Marine Services      
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About Us

John Chilton started Southwind Marine Services in January 2000. He was trained at the Havorn Marine, Shipwright and Survey school in Seattle, Washington and became an Accredited Marine Surveyor with the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors with the designation of Yachts and Small Craft. He currently holds a 50 ton near coastal master captain's license from the U.S. Coast Guard and has 35 years of mechanical and business experience in a parallel industry. John Chilton is a member of the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors, IAMI (International Association of Marine Investigators), ABYC (American Boat and Yacht Council) and the Propeller Club Port of Nashville.

Integrity is a surveyor's most important qualification. Our reputation for honesty and integrity is most important to us. We believe in treating all parties fairly, avoiding any conflict of interest. We are not involved in selling boats, equipment, nor do we have any financial interest in any organization that does. We will not be influenced to inflate a vessels worth by relationships with brokers. Likewise we will not find fault with a vessel simply to undermine a broker or "low ball" the seller.

We work for you, the buyer and we will not share the results of your survey with any other person or entity with out your written permission.

                                  JOHN B. CHILTON

                                                          998 Thompson Road. Pegram, TN 37143

Owner, Southwind Marine Services since 2000

                                       SAMS Accredited Marine Surveyor since 2000
                        USCG Master 50 Ton, Near Coastal, Captain's License since 1995

                        ASE Automotive Service Excellence Certification held for 25 years

                                     General Motors Master Technician since 1983

                                               PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

                                  Owner & Principle Surveyor, Southwind Marine Services, Pegram, TN                              
                                            Service Director, Andrews Cadillac, Brentwood, TN

                                            Foreman, Andrews Cadillac, Brentwood, TN 

Technician, Shop Foreman & Service Manager, Hippodrome Olds Nashville, TN 


                Feb. 7, 2000: Licensed for Master 50 Ton, Near Coastal Waters by USGC, New Orleans, LA.

May 1-5, 2000: Art of Marine Survey I, Havorn Marine Survey & Shipwright School, Seattle, WA.

                May 8-12, 2000: Art of Marine Survey II, Havorn Marine Survey & Shipwright School, Seattle, WA.

                Jun. 20, 2000: Member of the American Boat & Yacht Counsel.

Mar. 19-21, 2001: Electrical Systems in Boats, ABYC, Biloxi, MS.

                Apr. 3, 2000: SAMS, Marine Surveyor Associate, SAMS, Jacksonville, FL.

March 7, 2005: SAMS, Accredited Marine Surveyor, Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors.

use 4-5, 2001: Marine Accident/Collision Investigation, ABYC, Nashville, TN.

                Dec. 11, 2002: Standards Accredited, ABYC, Nashville, TN.

                Dec. 5, 2002: Sterndrive Corrosion Diagnosis & Analysis, ABYC, Nashville, TN.

                January 28, 2011 Marine Corrosion Certified by the American Boat and Yacht Counsel

                January 10, 2014 Marine Electrical Certification by the American Boat and Yacht Counsel

March 25, 2003: Small Power Watercraft Damage Claim & Evaluation, First Marine Insurance Co.,
                                             Madison, Wisconsin / Nashville, TN April 01, 2005. 

Feb. 25, 2005: Chapman’s, The Fundamentals of the Damage and Claims Survey.
                July 13, 2008: ME208: Marine Survey, The American Society of Appraisers

                Janurary 23,2009: SE100PP: USPAP, The American Society of Appraisers

uly 01, 2005: Member of the International Association of Marine Investigators Inc.              

1971-1974: University of Memphis, Business Administration, Memphis, TN 

                1970: Hillsboro High School, Nashville, TN.
                1991 - 2004: USCG Auxiliary Member.







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