About IMS 






Independent Marine Systems 

Located in Newport Rhode Island and South Florida USA

Welcome to inspectboat.com 

For information on Marine Thermal Infrared inspections please visit our sister site infraredboat.com.   

Sailing Vessels

Sailing vessels- small one design racers to large yachts

Power Vessels 

Our experience with built power vessels is from conception and design to cruising and day to day management. 

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Infrared Thermal Imaging 

IMS has offered Infrared Thermal Imaging for since 2001. Please go to www.infraredboat.com for more information


Marine Surveying

Condition and Valuation - Pre Purchase - Damage inspection - New Construction - Financial - Insurance - Customs - Maintenance - Repairs - Consultation - Management


We travel worldwide but keep a winter location in South Florida and a summer location in Newport RI.


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Below are some magazine articles written about Independent Marine Systems


-Link to the Yacht Report Article "Radiating Review"

-Link to Power and Motor Yacht Article "Thermography: Surveying Heats Up"


-Link to Cruising World Article "Surveying"



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We offer worldwide service for your inspection needs.

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Please see our sister sites www.infraredboat.com for information regarding Marine Thermography and www.ultrasonicboat.com for information regarding ultrasonic testing of composites.

About Us


In the Beginning:

Independent Marine Systems was established in 1995 as a yacht management company specializing with refitting and repair of vessels.


The Growing Years:

The natural transition to Marine Surveying shortly followed. Our great reputation and extensive experience allowed us to concentrate on Composite built vessels. We began to use Infrared Thermography while surveying vessels in 2000 and found it to be invaluable in our inspections.

We have based our operation in Newport, Rhode Island, USA and operate out of South Florida in the winter months although we frequently travel worldwide.


Where we're going:

We will continue to offer experience and integrity to our clients.


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Team Bio:


personel bio picMark Ashton, Marine Surveyor:  Our lead Surveyor and Infrared Thermographer has worked in the marine industry for over 30 years. What began as working as crew which led to being the Captain on primarily sailing vessels on the East Coast of the US, The Caribbean and the Mediterranean.He remains active in the professional sailing world and retains his USCG license in good standing. 

personel bio picIMS Flats Fishing Team: In our spare time the IMS Flats fishing team participates in tournaments in South Florida




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