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The survey that Victor provided was excellent, as he covered every necessary detail within his report and supported his review by scheduling a haul out and sea trial. He also provided a separate survey of the boat house, which was equally impressive. Victor then introduced me to an outstanding mechanic – Shawn with “No Panic Mechanic” – who assisted in carrying out the recommendations noted within Victor’s survey.

Beyond this initial round of terrific service that Victor provided, he has been readily available to answer any follow-up questions I have asked him. If you’re searching for a very well qualified Marine Surveyor to complete a full review of a boat you’re considering to purchase, I highly recommend Victor Fairholm.

Brad B.

Victor was easy to reach, professional and friendly and offered very good advice. His extremely thorough marine survey was exactly what I was looking for before purchasing my boat. I would highly recommend Victor’s services with his experience and knowledge of boats. Thank you Victor. I am looking forward to getting out on the water.

John W.

I am definitely wanting to leave an excellent review for Victor as he was our saving grace in the completion of our boat purchase, finding him was a game changer for sure with the future of our new boat.
As soon as I called Victor I felt reassured and in good hands as I did not have a good experience with a previous inspector I had called and did work for us. Victor was prompt and rearranged his schedule to meet our timelines.

I found him extremely knowledgeable and felt very confident with his survey from bow to stern. He has decades of experience and it oozes out of him when he speaks. We received a professional 36 page binder in full detail with coloured pictures and description of all areas of the boat. I found him humorous and easy going. He also took us out on the boat for some instruction on close maneuvering for twin screw operations and found him extremely calm and easy to understand.

Victor would be my only choice for any future survey that I need.

Thank you Victor for everything!


Victor expertly guided us through the process of purchasing and setting up our new boat. His experience in the field was very evident and his attention to detail in the marine survey he prepared for us was first class. Victor made sure our boat was safe and up to date in maintenance, which gave us a sense of confidence on the water. His knowledge of boat mechanical systems and his skill in teaching, helped me understand the systems on my vessel and how they worked.

He also helped set me up for fishing, which was something new to me and his contacts in the field helped me make economical and relevant purchases. If you are new to boating, Victor is definitely someone you need to know.

Colin McCrea

We were searching for a boat and it was recommended by our boat broker to use Victor and Pacific Coast Marine Survey for the inspections, haul-out and sea trials and in-depth review and recordings of our new 45 ft vessel. He did a great job in the survey and we engaged his professional knowledge, training and directions further for several lessons. We are thankful for Victor in his explanations on boat handling and in his vast knowledge in all facets of the boat and equipment. His training showed us close quarter handling, docking and chart-plotting and navigation safely through to our Southern Gulf Islands and coastal tidal waters. We have both gained the competent status and operations of the boat, the full explanation to handling and operating procedures second to none and we are so very very pleased that Victor delivered us the confidence at our pace. Thanks Victor and see you again sometime soon.  We recommend you to anyone out there that need such accurate training to use your services and surveys.

Thanks again!!

Robert and Dena Ash

Hello Victor;
Many thanks for assisting me in finding an insurance agency for my float home.

Ms Michaela Kuehn of HUB was very helpful; I do appreciate your advice and your prompt professional survey of my float home

Sandra T.

Victor was exceptionally helpful with my purchase of a sailboat at a distance. I could not come out and see the boat. He gave a very thorough inspection report. He also helped manage arrangements to do with purchasing, repairs to brakes and bearings on a trailer, as well as storage and shipping.  He took care of many small details and was knowledgable on all aspects.  He was reliable and professional throughout.  I felt like the process was in good hands at all times and this gave me peace of mind in what could have otherwise been stressful situations.  I really could not have done this without his help. I recommend him most highly.

Mark L.

I have just completed my second survey with Victor, for a float home.

The first, last summer, was for my 36’ cabin cruiser. After Victor completed that survey, he told me that he would have a copy ready to email within 2 days. That night, he would up in emergency and was scheduled for surgery the following day. He assured me that he would still have the survey completed within the day following. He was true to his word, and my survey was there.

For the float home, Victor even talked to the insurance broker about the repairs required, and negotiated on my behalf for providing insurance.

I can’t say enough about Victor’s knowledge, punctuality and professionalism, as well as the fact that he’s just so accommodating & personable. He’s simply a delight to deal with.

I highly recommend Victor to anyone who wants the job done right, on time, and in great depth.

Linda R.

Victor’s years of experience, knowledge and wisdom gave our family the comfort to walking away from a bad deal and then end up closing on the perfect boat for us. He performed a thorough and professional survey and we’ll certainly be calling him up for any future work.

Andrew Paine

I purchased a 41′ 1974 Canoe Cove Tri-cabin June of 2019. I had Victor manage a $50,000 refit and upgrade to my complete satisfaction. Victor has amazing knowledge of all things Marine. Too mechanical servicing companies could not fix an overheating problem on both engines, Victor identified the problem immediately and using Precision Yacht services to complete the repairs with minimal cost. Victor gave me a comprehensive binder explaining all the systems aboard which has been extremely valuable. I have been on the water since I was 15 years old but was not comfortable with a 41′ boat. Over a ten hour period with Victor instructing me in docking and close quarter handling. I am now very comfortable getting in and out of any dock.

Thanks Victor.

Brian Armstrong

Victor is an amazing source of knowledge and he is extremely helpful with making sure the boat is the right fit for you, and that the boat is property fitted with the required safety equipment. As well as a surveyor, he is a mechanic, instructor and will help you pilot your boat till you are confident yourself. He works with many other local boat services to ensure you get your boat all the proper care and maintenance to protect your investment. As well, he is a kind and patient man and his lovely wife is also very kind and very helpful too. Thank you Victor, for making our new boat life so much less stressful in the transition. Boating is a huge undertaking and expense, 2nd to buying a home, and having a professional guide you through the process is highly recommended. We are very happy

Sherrie Boyte

Victor did a survey on our boat and I am so pleased with the survey he gave us. It really helped us with the sell of the boat. He was professional and courteous throughout the process.

Mila Atlas

I cannot say enough good things about victor of pacific coast marine surveyors. His professionalism, knowledge and experience easily make him the best marine expert I have had assist me with my boat purchase/sale and mechanical advice. Not only did he treat my boat like it was own, his prices are extremely fair. I HIGHLY recommend Victor to anyone seeking a marine surveyor!

Chris S

Very satisfied with services I received. Not only was the surveyor able to work with my schedule. I was able to work with him to control some of the administrative cost. I needed a survey for “insurance purposes” and most of the other surveyors I spoke with, where in my mind, out to lunch. They wanted to charge me the same cost for an out of the water pre-purchase survey. Having a copy of a previous certified survey available, help expedite the process, in reconfirming the makes, models and serial numbers, of some or all the components onboard.

I have already passed on his name to three of my friends, who also taken a significant and knowledgeable interest in maintaining their investment. Who as in my situation, may only interested in paying for the information pertaining to the vessel, either required and or requested by the insurance company for renewal.

Sincerely Wayne Hollohan

I required a Marine Survey for my 23′ sport boat and Called Victor at Pacific Coastal Marine Surveyors. Victor was prompt to the minute did an excellent job and caught a few things that were missed when the boat was last serviced. I was impressed by Victor’s extensive knowledge of all things Marine.

Thanks Victor.

Brian Armstrong

I was very impressed with the knowledge and information that Victor has. I had a vibration in my drive and Victor knew right away where to look and found the rear mounts on my inboard were curling and setting the alignment off. He corrected it! Problem solved. He also picked up on other issues that I missed on the install. Thank you for all your help and infinite wisdom in the marine industry

Jim Lavich

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