Knox Marine

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Boat Accident Investigation
Litigation Support and Expert Investigations

Steve Knox has a unique combination of skills that make him an excellent witness. His engineering education is well rounded; he is versed in several disciplines. Knox performs about 150 damage surveys each year, so he sees what works in boats and what causes problems.

Because he is active in several professional societies, Knox has a broad range of contacts in the industry. His strongest attribute as a witness, though, is his ability to explain technical subjects to a non-technical audience. His technical writing demonstrates his wide range of expertise and his ability to teach. Not only does Knox look good on paper, he brings unique skills to investigations and appearances.

He investigates boating accidents of several types. His cases have included:

  • Collisions
  • Loss of control accidents, some with subsequent ejection
  • Personal watercraft accidents
  • Product liability, analysis of manufacturing defects and failures
  • Hand injuries aboard pontoon boats
  • Falls overboard
  • Falls within a boat
  • Yacht appraisals
  • Structural defects
  • Structural damage to boats while being hauled
  • Fires: cause and origin
  • Sinkings - cause and origin
  • Electrical shocks
  • Salvage dispute arbitrations

He has offered expert testimony in the following courts:

  • Federal District Court - Norfolk, Virginia - Maintenance and repair of yachts and commercial vessels, vessel appraisal
  • Federal District Court - Newport News, Virginia - Vessel appraisal, personal injury
  • Federal District Court - Baltimore, Maryland - Vessel appraisal, vessel damage and repair
  • State courts - Virginia - Vessel appraisal, cause of sinking, product defect/personal injury, cause of engine failure, structural defects, collision
  • State courts - North Carolina - Cause of sinking

Knox Marine works for both plaintiffs and defendants but does not accept contingency cases.

Knox Marine Consultants maintains a network of qualified experts in all boating fields. If Steve Knox is not the most qualified person to assist in your case, we will refer you (without charge) to another expert with the required expertise.

Yacht Appraisals

An Accredited Senior Appraiser of the American Society of Appraisers, Steve Knox offers expert appraisals of yachts. He specializes in cases where the value may be contested -- divorce proceedings, third party claims, etc.

Owner's Representative

Steve Knox has represented owners in new construction, acceptance inspection and trials, outfitting, extensive structural repairs, refurbishment, and maintenance surveys. Knox's experience with the standards of the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) make him well qualified to verify that a new boat is being constructed in accordance with the standards. He has also inspected a complete line of boats for a builder to confirm standards compliance and offer suggestions for improvement.

Damage Survey

Damage surveys are an important part of Knox Marine's business. They work for about fifteen different insurance companies to determine cause and origin, nature and extent of damage, and cost of repairs. Claims range from simple sterndrive damage resulting from striking a submerged object, to complex salvage and repair jobs that run into six figures. With offices in Richmond, Virginia and Norfolk, Virginia, the company’s surveyors are close to the major boating centers in Virginia and North Carolina.




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