Tony Somma's maritime experience began at an early age with his father, Jack, a Hard Hat Diver who loved the water, boats and loved to fish. At a very early age, Tony was encouraged to learn about vessel design, construction, operation and maintenance under the watchful eye of his father.
During the mid 1980’s Tony started writing about his experiences concentrating on writing boating safety, boat maintenance, how to fishing and fishing equipment maintenance articles that were published in regional fishing publications. Tony still writes the weekly fishing column for the Staten Island Advance.
Tony has owned and operated numerous vessels and in the early 1990’s modified a 25’ Cabin Cruiser into a 40 knot Sport Fisherman that he used to start a charter fishing business. As a charter boat captain Tony also provided new boat owners with boat handling, boat systems operation and boat maintenance instruction. Tony was often asked to assist customers in defining their boating requirements and then assist them in selecting vessels meeting these requirements. When recommending used vessels Tony would inspect the vessel and put his observations and recommendations in writing.
In 2000 Tony attended the renowned Chapman School of Seamanship, Marine Surveyor Program where he was instructed by Charles V. Corder Jr. and Mort S. Levin recognized leaders in the field of marine surveying. After graduating in February 2000 Tony was accepted into the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS) with the designation of Surveyor Associate and also joined ABYC (American Boat and Yacht Council) and BoatUS's Technical Information Exchange for Marine Professionals. In April 2003 Tony sat for and passed the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors Accredited Marine Surveyors Exam and earned the designation Accredited Marine Surveyor (AMS).
Tony strives to keep current with new developments in the boating industry and actively pursues continuing education to increase his knowledge and upgrade his skills as a marine surveyor.
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