Detecting Safety Issues with a Boat: Getting Inspections


For people who are interested in purchasing or building a boat, one of the most common areas of oversight is that they do not go through the necessary procedures to inspect the boat for all safety issues before purchase.

Why inspections are a standard procedure before purchasing a house and yet are almost completely unheard of when it comes to buying a boat, is beyond me. Especially since you put your life in the hands of the boat, so to speak, every single time you use it!

In this post we’ll talk about a few of the key procedures you should follow to make sure you stay safe on the water and don’t fall into any unnecessary harm with your new boat.

See this first time boat buyers guide for more info.

Safety Tips for Boat Building

Firstly, I ‘d like to address a few safety tips to keep in mind if you’re going to build your own boat.

While I am by no means a DIY boat expert, personal and hobby boat building is a popular past time for many Americans.

If you do decide to build your own boat, make sure that you follow a clear and concise plan for your efforts, and if it’s your first time in the workshop, make sure you work alongside an experienced partner who can help you through and trouble spots you have.

Fortunately, there are lots of kits and plans available on the market, that make it easy for just about anyone to jump in and learn to build a boat relatively quickly, and at a much lower cost than what it would take to buy a boat.

One popular source is to go with one of the many Glen L boat plans, which could include plans for an aluminum boat, wooden sailboat, and others.

The number one thing to keep in mind, however, is that before you take your new boat out in deep water, be sure to test it in near-shore, shallow, and calm conditions first!

Inspection Tips for Buying a Boat

If you’re going to be purchasing a boat, the main thing to keep in mind is that used boats can have all sorts of problems that may or may not be visible to the naked eye, and may or may not be easily fixed.

One example is the problem of boat blisters, which occur from a non-petroleum based lining that was used in boats made during the Iranian oil crisis, and form pocket bubbles on the hull.

You can fix the issue cosmetically, but eventually the blisters will return, which means that a person selling their boat might “fix” the issue to convince you there’s no problem, only for you to figure out later that the problem will keep coming back!

Be sure to have your boat inspected by an experienced marine technician and boat expert in your area. You want to make sure he checks out the safety of the hull itself, the engine, and internal plumbing and pumping systems of the boat, since these are the areas that are most likely to have problems, and can be the most expensive to fix!