Michael Hunter SAMS-AMS, IAMI-CMI,ABYC-Certified Master Technician, ASNT-Level II Thermographer

Michael Hunter is CERTIFIED MARINE SURVEYOR BY NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MARINE SURVEYORS (NAMS-GLOBAL), an Accredited Marine Surveyor by Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors, Certified Marine Investigator by International Association of Marine Investigators, Certified Marine Master Technician by American Boat & Yacht Council with certifications in Composite Boat Construction, Marine Electrical, CORROSION, Marine Systems, DIESEL ENGINES and Marine Standards. In addition, he is a certified Level I Infrared Thermographer in Mechanical and a Certified Level II Infrared Thermographer in NDT (Non-Destructive Testing) emphasis in Marine Composites/laminates. He also holds a certification from the American Gear Manufacturers Association in Gear Failure Analysis.

Michael Hunter is the Principal Investigator and Surveyor of Hunter Consulting & Survey Services, Incorporated of Springfield, Missouri. The firm maintains a primary specialization in Accident Investigations, Claims Investigations, Accident Reconstruction, Litigation Support for the marine field and Infra-Red Thermography. His work experience is broad with over 29 years experience in the marine industry as a National Service Representative, Marine Technician and Service Manager (13 years) as well as Law Enforcement Experience and Marine Investigations since 1996. With over 3000 files plus experience, he has had the opportunity to inspect or investigate nearly every possible type of loss involving watercraft. His service area is domestic and foreign.

Mr. Hunter’s extensive training & certifications lend him a knowledge base respected and utilized by many Insurance claims departments, Underwriters, Litigation Attorneys, individuals and vessel manufacturers. Experience in Carbon Monoxide fatalities, multi-vessel collisions involving injury and death, forensic failure analysis of fiberglass and marine mechanicals lends him a vast experience with which to draw upon. Law Enforcement experience ensures his proper understanding of theft and fire investigations. Training and certifications from many of the vessel and engine manufacturers, gear manufacturers, adjuster training, American Boat & Yacht Council training, National Transportation Safety Board, United States Coast Guard, and the Beginning & Advanced Accident Reconstruction provide a large knowledge base, as well as many others.

Mr. Hunter continues his efforts at expounding upon his knowledge base through continued training and education. He has numerous appearances in legal proceedings in all levels of the justice system including Criminal, Admiralty, Federal and Circuit courts and arbitration proceedings.


1989 Graduate of Southwest Missouri State University
Bachelor of Science Marketing & Management
Minor Computer Information Systems

Professional Organizations:

National Association of Marine Surveyors NAMS Global
Certified Marine Surveyor #125-949

International Association of Marine Investigators (IAMI)
Member since 1996. Currently Certified Marine Investigator

Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS)
Member since September, 2003. Accredited Marine Surveyor (AMS) 2007

American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC)
Member since 2000.

Training & Certifications:

American boat & Yacht council
Diesel Engine Certification
November 2012

Northeast Oklahoma Vocational Technical School
Outboard and Sterndrive Technician Training
Certified Technician

Marine Specific Training

American Boat & Yacht Council
February, 2012 Annapolis, MD
Marine Electrical Certification-(32)

American Boat & Yacht Council
September, 2011
February, 2012
ABYC Master Technician Achieved

International Association of Marine Investigators (#1828-016)
1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013 to dates
Certified Marine Investigator Designation CMI 1828-016

American Boat & Yacht Council
October, 2011
Marine Accident Investigation-(32)

American Boat & Yacht Council
July, 2011
Marine Accident Investigation (1.5)

American Boat & Yacht Council
February, 2011
Marine Composites Certification-(32)

American Society of Appraisers
February, 2011
Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice-(15)

American Boat & Yacht Council
September, 2011
Protecting the Core (2)

American Boat & Yacht Council
September, 2011
Marine Standards (32)

American Boat & Yacht Council
August, 2011
Marine Systems Certification (32)

The Snell Group
August, 2010
Infrared/ Thermal Non-Destructive Testing Specific – Level II –(32)

JBC Consulting & Ohio Department of Public Safety
Basic Accident Reconstruction
March 11-13, 2009-07-12

JBC Consulting & Ohio Department of Public Safety
Advanced Accident Reconstruction
April 15-17, 2009

National Transportation Safety Board
Marine Accident Investigation
January 26 – 30, 2009

Infrared Training Center
Boston, MA
Level I Certification. January 15-19, 2009-07-12

Infrared Training Center
Boston, MA
BCAM Basics January 24, 2009-07-12

National Transportation Safety Board
Accident Investigation Orientation (BASIC)
October 7-8, 2008

American Gear Manufacturers Association
Advanced Forensic Failures of Gears, Big Sky, MT September, 2007

American Boat & Yacht Council
January, 2005
Marine Electrical – Basic-(24)

American Boat & Yacht Council
November, 2003 Standards and Code Accreditation.
January 5-7, 2005 Electrical Pre Certification Course

Watercraft Accident Reconstruction
February, 2004
American Boat & Yacht Council, Annapolis, MD.

Certified Technician Training
Mercury, MerCruiser, Yamaha, OMC Outboard & Sterndrive, Tohatsu, Volvo-Penta
Spader Service Management

Small Power Watercraft Training
1996, 1998, 2000
St. Louis, MO, St. Paul, MN, & Kansas City, MO respectively
Continuing Education– two stroke educator

Farm Bureau Insurance Technical Training
1996 Jackson, Mississippi
Adjuster Specific training

Missouri State Law Enforcement Academy
1993 Drury College, Springfield, MO
Traffic, Accident Reconstruction, Law Enforcement Certification Academy

Yamaha Motor Corporation
Outboard Motor Training
1986, 1987, 1992

Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors
Accredited Marine Surveyor #939
Frequent presenter on Field of Failure Analysis.

Areas of Specialization:

Mechanical Failure Analysis
Marine Accident Investigations
Marine Accident Reconstruction
Infrared Thermography
Hull Failure
Marina / Dock Damage
Casualty Investigations


“Standards Shipyard Practice: Using ABYC Standards during Damage Claims Handling.” J. Michael Hunter, American Boat & Yacht Council – Reference Point 2009.