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Boat Inspection Checklist

Professional marine surveyors can do away with pen-and-paper and use this customizable digital checklist to certify a boat's seaworthiness and generate complete reports. Items in this boat inspection checklist can be modified and made specific to the surveyor's firm's best practices. Reference guides, annotated images, and electronic signatures are also easily appended to this digital boat inspection checklist.
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Boat Inspection Checklist



Checked hull for evidence of damage or repairs

Checked draino

Checked boat for a "list" (in-water test)

Checked fiberglass moisture levels (requires special tool)

Tested fiberglass bottom for large "blisters"

Checked propeller

Checked propeller shaft for wobble or rattle (cutless bearing)

Checked navigation lights for safety requirements

Checked operation of included accessories (compass, electronics)

Checked other included gear (fenders, lines)

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Checked for odors, stains, and general cleanliness

Checked operation of engine seacock

Checked other seacocks, valves, and emergency plugs

Checked inboard engine stuffing box for leaks

Checked bilge for oil, excess water

Checked bilge pumps (electric, manual)

Checked ventilation vents, plugs

Checked seals on opening ports and hatches

Checked under deck hardware for signs of leaks

Checked condition of upholstery, furniture

Checked plumbing and water tanks (leaks)

Checked mandatory equipment (holding tank)

Checked electrical panel, battery, terminals, and wiring

Checked shorepower plug, cords

Checked stove/heater, tanks, fittings, shutoffs, detectors

Checked heater, air conditioner

Is there a toilet installed?

Is there a Coast Guard-certified operable marine sanitation device?

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Checked deck for cracks, damage, 'sponginess'

Checked hatches and ports condition, sign of leaking

Checked lifelines and railings

Checked anchors, rode, rollers, fittings

Checked condition of canvas, bimini, dodger, hardware

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Checked engine's numbers

Does it match the numbers on the contract?

Test bilge blower ,vents

Checked external condition of engine (corrosion, leaks)

Request maintenance log (oil change frequency)

Checked fuel tank condition

Checked exhaust system for leaks

Checked steering pump's condition

What is the pump's model number?

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Checked mast, step, shrouds, stays, terminal fittings

Checked running rigging

Checked number, weight, condition of sails

Checked operation of winches

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Safety Equipment

Are there navigation lights?

Is there a waterproof flashlight?

Is there a compass?

Is there at least one anchor onboard?

Are there at least two fenders for docking?

Is there a boarding device (e.g. ladder)?

Are there at least two sound-signaling devices onboard?

What are the types of devices available?

Is there a lifebuoy?

Is there a radar reflector?

Is there a bilge pump?

Is there a Coast Guard-approved fire extinguisher?

How many are available?

Are there distress flares?

Are there Personal Floating Devices (PFD)/ lifejackets?

How many?

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Checked hull for evidence of damage or repairs

Checked hull for evidence of damage or repairs

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