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What We Do

The standards, regulations and code set forth by the US Coast Guard, the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC), and the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) are utilized and employed during my inspection and observation process.

  • Go where you need us--willing to travel region wide

  • Conduct In-Water, Haul out (wetted surfaces), and Sea Trial/Shakedown Cruise

  • Produce a professional report detailing findings--normally delivered in pdf format via email

Hull (Wetted Surfaces, Topsides, and Internal Structural Members)

  • Percussion hammer testing of fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP)

  • Moisture meter testing of FRP

  • Inspect thru hull fittings

  • Inspect zincs (sacrificial anodes)

  • Inspect for bottom blisters

  • Inspect for delamination, disbonding, or general hull damage

  • Check cutlass bearings

  • Check rudders and struts

  • Inspect propellers and prop shafts

  • Inspect outdrives.

  • Inspect all transducers

  • Inspect stringers

  • Inspect bulkheads

  • Inspect other structural members as necessary

Decks and/or Superstructure

  • Percussion hammer testing of FRP

  • Moisture meter testing of FRP

  • Inspect hull-to-deck joint

  • Check drainage, hatch integrity, and fasteners

Machinery and Fuel Systems

  • Visual inspection of engine(s)

  • Visual inspection of transmission(s)

  • Visual inspection of generator

  • Check fluid levels

  • Inspect condition of all belts and hoses

  • Inspect engine mounts

  • Start and run engines

  • Start, run, and load test generator

  • Record operating hours

  • Inspect exhaust systems

  • Inspect fuel tank, fittings, lines and grounding where accessible

  • Inspect fuel filters (primary and secondary)

  • Check bow/stern thrusters

  • Inspect seals and packing glands

  • Test exhaust blowers

Bilges and Thru Hulls

  • Inspect bilge areas for oil or other contaminants

  • Test and list all bilge pumps and float switches

  • Test bilge high water alarms

  • Check all seacocks for proper operation

  • Check all sea strainers


  • Inspect both DC and AC systems (battery, shore, and generator)

  • Inspect shore power cabling and connections

  • Inspect galvanic isolators

  • Test interior/exterior lighting

  • Check outlets for proper polarity

  • Check wire size and condition

  • Ensure wire supported and chaff protected where needed

  • Check battery(s)

  • Ensure battery is secured properly and wired correctly

  • Check for overcurrent protection where needed

  • Check generator through load testing

  • Inspect grounding system

  • Inspect battery charger and inverter

Safety Requirements and Gear

  • Test navigation lights

  • Test horn and ship's bell

  • Inspect all railings and safety enclosures

  • Inspect swim platform, boarding ladders, and slides

  • Inspect life jackets

  • Inspect throwable PFD

  • Inspect fire extinguishers and fire extinguishing systems

  • Ensure all safety equipment is within date requirements and not expired

  • Check visual distress signals (flares) – proper type and quantity

  • Test carbon monoxide detectors

  • Test smoke alarms

  • Ensure all required placards mounted properly (waste, trash, and oil)

Trial Run/Shakedown Cruise

  • Ensure all steering apparatus works properly

  • Record speed at idle, cruise and WOT

  • Perform backdown check to test motor mount integrity

  • Check gauges and temperatures

  • Test trim tabs and/or stabilizers

Amenities and Comfort

  • Ensure heads work properly

  • Check hot water heater

  • Run sinks and shower – check hot water

  • Test heating and A/C systems

  • Check portlights and deck hatches

  • Power up stereos, TVs, and other entertainment items

  • Power up all galley appliances

  • Power up washer and dryer

  • Inspect cabin sole, ceilings, overhead, etc

Navigation Equipment

  • Power up all depth sounders/fish finders

  • Test VHF radios

  • Power up nav equipment at helm


  • Inspect anchor and rode (ropes and chain)

  • Test windlass for proper operation

  • Power up all cameras, intercoms, burglar alarms, etc

  • Inspect bonding systems throughout vessel

  • Inspect LPG and/or CNG systems

  • Check mooring lines, fenders, etc

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