True Heading Marine Surveying and Consulting was founded in 1990.  We are proud to offer complete and thorough marine surveying and consulting services available to the DC, Maryland, and Virginia areas.  We offer surveys for Pre-Purchase Condition and Valuation, Insurance, Financing/Refinancing, and Marina Safety (required by some marinas prior to leasing a slip).


In addition, we offer consulting and orientation services for the first-time boat owner.  We will also attend the sea trial of your prospective vessel as a performance consultant to see if it meets the manufacturer's specifications.


Doug McDaniel


Doug McDaniel recently retired after 33 years with the Alexandria Fire Department.  In 2012, he apprenticed with True Heading as a marine surveyor then took over the day-to-day operations of, and is now the owner of, True Heading Marine Surveying and Consulting.  Doug has done hundreds of marine surveys.  He is a member in good standing of the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS®) as an Accredited Marine Surveyor®. In addition, he is a member of the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC), National Fire Protection Association, and the Aquia Harbour Yacht Club (AHYC). 


Doug's certifications and education include:

*SAMS® Accredited Marine Surveyor®

*ABYC - Marine Standards and Marine Systems Certified
*Chapman School of Seamanship - Yacht and Small Craft Surveying Graduate

*Chapman School of Seamanship - Damage Claims Survey Training Graduate        

*Fire Officer III      *Fire Instructor II

*Hazardous Materials        *EMT-D

*All Technical Rescue Discipline (Rope, Trench, Vehicle, Confined Space)

*Incident Safety Officer      *NIMS ICS-100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 701, 800

*Associates of Applied Science - Fire Science Administration



Doug's hobbies include boating and working on his boats, coaching youth baseball, golfing, playing and watching baseball, and playing guitar in a local rock band, SoulKitty6.




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