Captain Ken Moore
Ken founded K.D. Moore Associates in 1968 in San Francisco, CA specializing in Hull and Machinery Condition & Value Surveys, as well as, Damage Surveys and Crew & Passenger Investigations.
Ken spent several years at sea as a Navigator then went on to work for several major shipping lines, including Port Captain for American President Lines in San Francisco, prior to starting his own business and career as a Marine Surveyor.
Ken is a California Maritime Academy Alumni with a Bachelor's Degree in Nautical Science. He holds a USCG issued Unlimited Mates License and is a retired US Navy Captain. He is a Certified Marine Surveyor of the National Association of Marine Surveyors and a licensed California Private Investigator.
Ken is extremely knowledgeable in the interworking’s of the Maritime Industry and has held several Officer Positions in Maritime related organizations including; Past Chairman of the National Association of Marine Surveyors (Pacific Coast Selection Committee), Director of the San Francisco Marine Exchange and a member of the International Association of Marine Investigators, the Maritime Law Association of the US and the Association of Marine Underwriters of San Francisco.
Ken has been an example to many in the industry having personally trained 22 surveyors in his career; including his son, Kevin and granddaughter, Heather, who have joined and operate the business.
Kevin joined K.D. associates in 2002 after a long career in live production and venue management. His interest in sailing and boats began at a young age when he and his father would sail on the San Francisco Bay. He would often accompany his father to the Sacramento River Delta when Ken was surveying yachts.
Prior to moving back to the Bay Area and joining K. D. Moore Associates, Kevin lived in Seattle where he would race his boat and cruise the San Juan Islands. Kevin has two children and enjoys traveling, sailing and skiing.
Since joining K. D. Moore Associates Kevin has become an Accredited Marine Surveyor and is the Sub- Regional Director for the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors. Kevin continues to be actively involved with the Board of Marine Underwriters of San Francisco. He is a member of American Boat and Yacht Counsel, and International Association of Marine Investigators. Kevin recently joined and obtained “CANDIDATE” status with the American Society of Appraisers.
Heather has been working as a Surveyor with K.D. Moore Associates since 2009. Heather is the third generation to join her Grandfather’s business. She spent years working part time on the administrative side of the business absorbing the surveying and boating culture.
Prior to becoming a fulltime surveyor, Heather was a competitive surfer, lived in Costa Rica and ran a surf and yoga retreat for women. She is passionate about the water and has found that working in the Marine Industry is a great fit.
Heather is an Associate Marine Surveyor with the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors as well as a Certified Marine Electrical and Corrosion Technician through the American Boat and Yacht Counsel. Heather is currently serving as Vice President of the San Francisco Marine Claims Association and is an active member of the International Association of Marine Investigators, International Association of Insurance Professionals and the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association. Heather recently joined and obtained “CANDIDATE” status with the American Society of Appraisers.