Who is Capt. F.K. Lanier?


Captain Frank Lanier is a 27 year Coast Guard veteran and Accredited Marine Surveyor with over 30 years of experience in the marine and diving industry. He holds a 100GT masters license, is an FCC licensed electronics technician, and a PADI Master SCUBA Diver Trainer. He's captained and maintained vessels ranging from dive boats to passenger ferries in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and South Pacific and has over 15 years of liveaboard experience aboard both power and sailing vessels.  He's also an avid writer, public speaker, and multiple award winning journalist whose articles on seamanship, marine electronics, vessel maintenance, and consumer reports appear regularly in numerous marine publications, such as Practical Sailor Magazine, Southern Boating, SEA Magazine, Lakeland Boating, Australian Yachting, Chesapeake Bay Magazine, Seafaring (Latitudes and Attitudes Magazine), Boating World Magazine and the BoatUS Technical Exchange.

Membership organizations include The Society Of Accredited Marine Surveyors, AMS (Accredited Marine Surveyor), Boating Writers International, and the American Boat and Yacht Council.

Serving as an Innovation Award Judge at the 2010 Miami International Boat Show

Surveying the 1903 Friendship Sloop INTEGRITY

Ultrasonic Testing a Steel Hull

Inspecting the hull of the former presidential yacht, SEQUOIA 
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Surveying the National Oceanic & Atmospheric hydrographic ship RUDE



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