BoatWiki - Definitions
Mar 19, 2023 - A boat inspection can be defined as the process of physically checking its condition, sea worthiness, safety equipment, navigational equipment or identification numbers. Inspections may be conducted in the water on the hard depending on the circumstances. An inspection is implemented by a prospective buyer in person, marine surveyor, the Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary or local law enforcement. This depends on the nature or reason for the inspection.
When a boat changes hands, there is often a need to physically inspect the hull and superstructure for prior damages or issues related to maintenance. In other instances a boat may be boarded by an enforcement agency or the Coast Guard Auxiliary to ensure it meets all operational and safety requirements for it's intended usage. Inspections may be mandatory or voluntary depending on the circumstances.
Physical boat inspections are not typically required from boat registration agencies unless there is an issue with the hull identification number. Marine lenders and insurance agencies may require a professional marine survey as a matter of policy, especially on larger boats. Other inspections may arise from Coast Guard or local law enforcement boarding's and the Coast Guard may require a physical measurement of the boat under certain conditions for vessel documentation purposes.
Physical boat inspections are a crucial element of owning and operating a boat. If their are any questions about operational requirements, you should contact the appropriate registration or enforcement agency for the jurisdictional waters upon which the boat will be operated.
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Mar 19, 2023 - Page Revised by Team BoatWiki.