• 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)


  • 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?


  • 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


  • 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?


  • Checked mast, step, shrouds, stays, terminal fittings

  • Checked running rigging

  • Checked number, weight, condition of sails

  • Checked operation of winches

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?


  • Checked hull for evidence of damage or repairs

  • Checked hull for evidence of damage or repairs


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