Evan J Sideris MBA, AMMS, MIIMS Principal Marine Surveyor
Evan has served the maritime trades industry and marine insurance sector for near 20 years prior to incorporating his own firm. Previous employment with Marine MGA involved evaluation and underwriting of diverse marine risks on behalf of Swiss Re: survey operations (themselves), hull, P&I, work boats, recreational vessels, rental boat fleets, regional boat builders, boat dealers, marine contractors (from bottom painters to fiberglass and engine repair facilities), dredging operations, boatyards and marinas. On top of these duties, Evan also assisted adjustors with investigation of marine insurance claims. Following the sale of Marine MGA, Evan worked with Liberty Mutual Insurance in a variety of roles, inclusive of rating and approving watercraft policies. He earned promotion twice, before accepting a consultant position with another insurance company and founding East Coast Marine Surveyors, LLC in 2014.
Formal training includes both American Institute Ocean and Inland marine courses (AMIM 121, 122), as well as various AICPCU marine underwriter continuing education courses. Evan completed his Master's program with a final project submitted on the construction and outfitting of a fiberglass sailboat. He is a graduate of Navtech and has earned the Accredited Master Marine Surveyor (AMMS) designation, completing courses on: large yacht structures, accident and fraud investigation, cargo, inspection of fishing vessels and commercial ABS. Evan was also nominated by Marine MGA and Swiss Re's executive team to attend training in Zurich where he obtained a marine certificate with studies around: yacht insurance, cargo, hulls and marine liabilities. The program also provided opportunity for Evan to tour the Wartsila marine diesel factory in Germany and inspect engines used in the propulsion of large merchant marine vessels.
From personal experiences and professional involvement with underwriting and claim scenarios, Evan has seen first hand how: equipment failure, safety deficiencies, latent hull defects, wear, crew errors, adverse weather or other hazards have led to the loss of vessels or life. He understands the many common as well as not so apparent dangers aboard yacht and small craft that must be properly identified.
East Coast Marine Surveyors is a proud member of the The United States Surveyors Association USSA, The American Boat & Yacht Council ABYC and fully qualified member (MIIMS) of the International Institute of Marine Surveying IIMS. Nowadays, Evan remains an avid waterman who enjoys sailing, surfing and coastal sea kayaking. He and his wife, Jenny, are long time residents of Portsmouth, NH with roots dating 4 generations to Portland Maine's waterfront. Evan has logged thousands of nautical miles, crewing aboard a diverse fleet in both regattas and deliveries: Stuart Knockabouts, a Little Harbor 50, J-22, J-24, J-80, J-27, S2 9.1, Tartan 30, Sabre 34, Mark Lindsay Taylor 40, and even the America’s Cup 12 meter “Gleam” a historic 1930s contender. Living in New England with Greek shipping roots, he typically does not allow the change of seasons or adverse weather to prevent good times on the water. It is quite common to see Evan frostbiting a home built Cape Cod Frosty Sailboat in Portsmouth's Fleet #9 throughout the Winter months.
His love affair with boats dates back to childhood, designing, constructing and piloting various RC models. Evan was raised on a family powerboat and learned to sail by age eleven (11). He spent Summers working as a CIT for a sailing school and was a founding member of the LWSA youth sailing club, which was a pocket of Laser sailors in district 7. During these years, Evan was also presented a presidential sports award for his commitment and dedication to the sport of sailing. He went on to race 420s as a member of his high school team and spent a Semester at Sea aboard the 131' sailing ship "Harvey Gamage." While in college, Evan also financed the co-purchase (with his brother) of a 27' J-boat. Ownership of the boat taught valuable lessons, at a relatively young age, in the art of maintaining: rigging, sails, lines, DC electrical systems, sea cocks, batteries, instruments, hardware and small auxiliary engine. She provided years of enjoyment, quality time with friends and family, as well as a humbling perspective on the amount of time, money and dedication required to commission and operate an even modestly sized vessel.
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