FAQs & Advice


In general, any boat inspection should include an in-depth examination of the following:

  • Boat Engine 
  • Bilge
  • Steering and throttle controls
  • Electrical components
  • Floors & Siding
  • Propeller 
  • Deck Hardware
  • Fuel Tanks
  • Batteries
  • Riggings, hardware, and sails
  • Hull condition
  • Propeller Shaft
  • Upholstery

An out-of-water inspection is also beneficial to check for any hull irregularities. Additionally, if you are buying a pre-owned boat, you'll want to check for floor rot, mildew, number of boat hours logged maintenance and storage history.

A general rule of thumb is that if you can use it, you should test it. If you're going to a buy a boat, you owe it to yourself to turn on those lights, test the heater, uncoil the ropes, open the hatch, check the steering, and raise the sails!