Check The Overall Condition Of A Boat

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    BoatUS Foundation President Chris Edmonston discusses the overall boat condition to look for when conducting a vessel safety check.

    Chris Edmonston: Hi my name is Chris Edmonston and I'm the President of the BoatUS foundation. Today we're going to talk about how our vessel examiner will look at the overall condition of your boat while conducting a vessel safety check. We'll look to make sure that the decks are free of hazards and that's you have a clean bilge. The boat must also be free from fire hazards with bilge's reasonably clean and visible hull structure generally sound.

    The use of the automobile parts on boat engines is not acceptable. The engine horsepower must not exceed that shown the capacity plate. Electrical and fuel systems will also be inspected. The electrical system must be protected by fuses or manual reset circuit breakers, switches and fuse panels must be protected from rain or water spray, wiring must be in good condition, properly installed and with no exposed areas or deteriorated insulation.

    Batteries must be secured in terminals covered to prevent accidental arcing. If installed, self-circling or kills switch mechanisms must be in proper working order. All personal watercraft require and operating self circling or kill switch mechanism.

    For your fuel system portable fuel tanks, normally 7 gallon capacity or less, must be constructed of non-breakable material and free of coercion or leaks. All events must be capable of being closed. The tank must be secured and have a vapor tight leak proof cap. Each permanent fuel tank must be properly ventilated.

    If your vote has a galley or heating system installed, all systems and fuel tanks must be properly secured with no flammable materials nearby. Remember if the overall condition of your boat meets these requirements you'll get your vessel safety check decal in no time at all.