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Who we are.

I enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in 1981. During the twenty years that I spent in the Coast Guard I was stationed on five different vessels, 327-foot vessels to 110-foot patrol boats. During these years I spent a lot of time in ship yards and performing vessel inspections at sea. From large sea going freighters all the way down to pleasure craft. I spent eleven of my twenty years in Alaska. I have years of experience inspecting vessels. Damage control is a key component in vessel survival and with that you must know how a vessel is constructed.  I conduct vessel inspections thoroughly looking for structural stability and operational effectiveness. I spent just as many years conducting boarding’s on vessels dealing with vessel safety issues and compliance with Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).  Vessel sizes ranged from large factory trawlers down to small pleasure craft.  My guaranty to you the vessel owner is that I will conduct a thorough inspection of your vessel. I will give you a thorough and complete report and I will communicate with you on all aspects of the inspect. The operational readiness and sound stability of your vessel insures that you and your crew have a safe work environment free of worry.  We are a Limited Liability Company.


Rex von Borstel (Owner and Surveyor)

What we offer.

Condition & Valuation Surveys 

Re-Insurance Inspections

Out of Water Hull Inspections

Damage Surveys

Sound Level (decibel readings)

Electrical Inspections

Video Bore Scope Recordings

Coast Guard Safety Inspections- (coming soon).

Ship Board Fire Fighting Systems

Sea Trials


A Piece of Mind

What is the cost of a Marine   Survey? There are a lot factors that weigh in. Type of vessel, it’s purpose,   i.e. commercial or pleasure. The size, equipment onboard, age, is it in the water or drydocked for the inspection.  The age of the vessel, say a 20   plus year old could take just as much time to complete a survey on as a   brand-new vessel. This is taking in   the fact that a newer vessel has more automated systems and hi-tech computers   onboard to run systems that in the past were ran by crewmen. With the newer   vessels, the need to for more powerful and fuel-efficient power systems is a   must and with that it could take more time or less time to insure they are   running at peck performance levels. The condition and value of the vessel takes a substantial amount of   time to research. It is our goal to   insure you get the most accurate information on your vessel.   

Our Experience

My experience is simply this, I spent 20 plus years in the United States   Coast Guard and during those 20 plus years I completed over 25 dry dockings,   engine hall outs, major hull repair, complete vessel inspections, sea trials,   rudder and prop replacements, general hull plating condition inspections,   vessel structural integrity inspections. I also dealt with computer and electronic engine control systems and   navigational aids, i.e. radar, electronic charts, etc. includes thousands of hours of inspections   of both US and foreign registered vessels. I can tell you that within the first half hour of a vessel inspection   I can determine how the inspection is going to turn out. Remember if the surveyor must complete   tasks that the owner could have completed prior to the inspection it will   cost more and slow the process. Since   my retirement I have kept up with the advancements made in the marine   field. My company is just getting its   legs under it so I have not had the opportunity to be certified by a surveying   society. However, I look forward to your   business. 

Medic 1st Aid

We also provide training classes for First Responders using the Health and Safety Institute Family of Medic First Aid. I have been training first responders for approximately 25 years through the military and most recently with the Medic First Aid training brand. I have been with them since 2010. I also a certified instructor trainer. The following courses are available.  Pediatric Plus CPR, AED and First Aid for Children, Infants and Adults; Care Plus CPR and AED; Basic Plus CPR, AED and First Aid for Adults; Child/Infant CPR and AED Supplement; Bloodborne Pathogens; Oxygen First Aid for Emergencies. The Medic First Aid family of training consists of classroom setting with a small ratio of instructor to student to insure the maximum training environment is met. There is a balance of video, hands on, scenario-based training. Through repartition training and a no pressure environment the student has a better success rate of retaining the training provided. We at Marathon Marine look forward to hosting a class for you in the future. 


Business License is available for viewing upon request.  

What is a survey worth.

When it comes time to ask the question of how much is the survey going to   cost, you need to ask yourself what I want out of the survey. Surveys usually have a healthy side and a   need to be repaired side of the report. I can guaranty you the report you get from our services will be thorough   and help you with any repairs, upgrades or otherwise items that are needed to   make your vessel safe and operational. Yes, experience plays a role in the quality of the survey. Your final report is generated by a   nationally recognized maritime surveying program “Force 5 Millennium”. NDT testing equipment is utilized when   possible and any intrusive work will be discussed with the owner prior to   being completed.     I have an unconditional guarantee that if your insurance company or finance   company does not accept the Report in writing, and I cannot resolve it with   them in 84 business hours after first contacting them. I will refund your   money.     Your completed survey is like an extra piece of mind. Remember to read through it from front to   back. If you ask I will go over it   with you to insure that you understand everything that has been covered. Also your report should be completed within   5 days or less, barring any unforeseen circumstances.  

Services and Pricing

The below listed rates apply to   (Damage, Appraisal, Insurance, Purchase and Value Condition Surveys):   

 Vessels 19ft or less - $16.00 ft.   LOA (usually pleasure craft)   Vessels 20' to 50' - $21.00 ft. LOA   Vessels 50' to 70'- $26.00 ft. LOA   Vessels 70' to 100'- $32.00 ft. LOA   Vessels over 100' - Negotiable   

Consultations/Sea Trials   Per hourly rate billable at $100 hour for vessels under 50 ft. (minimum one   hour) Per hourly rate billable at $120   hour for vessels over 50 ft. (minimum one hour)   USCG 

Commercial Fishing Vessel Examinations   Call for a quote and availability.   Barge Surveys   Call  or email  us for a quote.   Travel:   On the road system the above surveys include 50 road miles travel in Alaska   from Seward. The road system includes the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS)   (customers pay the cost of the trip, 1 vehicle which includes driver, round   trip). Trips to Valdez will usually be made through the AMHS to save time and   money on the trip. Trips to Cordova are usually made through the AMHS. This   would include hotel and meals.  If for   any reason the AMHS cannot be used to travel to either Valdez or Cordova,   then the travel miles per hour would apply for Valdez and airfare cost for   Cordova. In the event a second   surveyor or assistant is needed the passenger fair will be paid by the customer   and will be notified prior to departure. Highway miles traveled over 51 miles are billed at $120 per hour. AMHS   miles are not billed due to vehicles not being driven.    Cooper Landing, Sterling, and   Soldotna are exempt from travel mile   expenditures if vessels are over 40 feet length over all, except if required   to continue survey overnight.   Note: Surveys requiring overnight stays to complete will be covered by the customer   in advance but limited to hotel, meals and transportation. Most surveys will   be completed in on 8 to 10-hour day on site respectively on a 30' to 50'   vessel, they can be completed in one day and will be scheduled to do so.  NOTE: vessels that were   not prior reported to the surveyor having moderate to major damage or with   under lying issues that would slow or hamper a normal survey schedule will be   billed at double the rate. In the event this issue should arise the   surveyor will discuss with the owner of the vessel prior to continuing the   survey process.  Additional   compensation for the survey may be required.    Per hour rates of $120 per hour   for active travel times.   Plus, Survey rate per foot.   Payment:  Marathon Marine Surveyor expects payment on the day of inspection. Absolutely   no information regarding your survey will be released without payment in   full. Payments are accepted in cash, check, money order, or credit card. Most   major credit cards accepted including: Visa, Mastercard and PayPal Accounts.  We use Square as our card processing company, a 4 % charge does apply.


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We love our customers, so feel free to contact us during normal business hours. When contacting please let us know your name,  contact info, what type of survey you need.  Thank you.

Marathon Marine Surveyor LLC

PO Box 1953, Seward, AK 99664, US

(907) 422-7191 or (206) 717-4661 (messages will be responded to within 24 hours) Fax number: (833) 530-7657

Hours of Operation

I work out of my place of residence and do have my cell with me all the time.  If I do not answer I will return your call as soon as possible.

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