Spring Inspection Checklist for Boats
The final touch to any haulout, a careful application of antifouling to the bottom of the keel.

Spring Inspection Checklist for Boats


Spring is here. Time to step back, put on your inspector hat, and approach the boat as an independent hired inspector would.

Be prepared to tell yourself things you don’t want to hear. Some items relate to maintaining value, some to safety, and some give peace of mind. Some items will require either hauling out or diving. Unless you are extremely experienced with boats and a dab hand at most crafts, hiring a surveyor every 5-10 years to catch what you missed is smart money. Your insurance provider may require this.

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  • Health

    Rescue Safety Lights & Strobes II

    A personal rescue strobe is a small signaling light intended to be attached to a PFD so if a boat crew member goes overboard, their position will be visible to those left on board. Since we last looked at personal rescue strobes there’s been some new developments in the...

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  • Marine Electronics

    Wireless Boat Monitoring

    Most of us spend a great deal of time away from our boat. Whether she’s on the hard, moored in our home harbor or anchored in a foreign port, we want to know what’s going on with critical systems. Is my vessel where it should be? Has someone disconnected a power source or...

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  • Safety & Seamanship

    Boat Gas Detectors and False Alarms

    Gas detectors are not magic gadgets, quantifying specific chemicals and then alarming when they reach a precise level. Because of the simplicity of the detection algorithm, sensors are subject to interferences from other gases, some harmless and some that are themselves a problem.

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