It makes sense to keep a detailed equipment inventory.
Sadly, we don't always think of writing down the serial number until after the painful, difficult installation.
This leads us the following foolishness.
Slide a mirror into the space where the serial number is visible.
Take numerous pictures of that mirror hoping that the serial number is visible.
Upload the pictures to the computer and process them in Graphic Converter until we can locate the serial number and get it right side up and complete.
It's always better to write the numbers down first.
And this isn't the first time we've been forced to take pictures to read inaccessible labels.
According to Skipper Bob, Bahamas customs and immigration would like us to have an inventory of equipment with serial numbers. Things like computers, radios, televisions, etc.; the desirable electronic gadgets.
Ideally, this is to prosecute thieves or file insurance claims. The truly paranoid might think that this allows the customs and immigration folks to know which boats to target.
More information in Bahamian check-in is available here.
We've got the inventory, in case they actually want it. Plus, we've got copies of the blank forms, so we can (hopefully) have all the information required.