To see as much of the world as we can,
Using the smallest carbon footprint we can,
Spending the least amount of money we can,
Making as many friends we can.

Team Red Cruising

Survey Says

A Marine Surveyor is a necessary CYA step. It appears that you can't buy a boat from a reputable broker without a survey. I suppose that's because you shouldn't buy a boat without a professional survey.

Unlike cars, boats appear to have a longer life and more complex set of safety regulations. Not more regulations -- cars are pretty heavily regulated -- but more complex regulations. I think it's because cars have fewer degrees of freedom. Boats vary from very small to very immense. My tender is regulated similarly to a cruise ship tender. Mine's a lot smaller.

Or perhaps because there are fewer manufacturers. Or perhaps cars were regulated from the earliest versions, where boats are traditionally unregulated.

Whatever the real reason, boats exist in a complex safety and regulatory framework. It takes a professional to show you what's required and what's desired.

The List

The going-in job list starts something like this. These are summarized a bit. Each boat is unique, so your list will be considerably different, even if it's an '82 Whitby.

• ❑ Equip vessel with required USCG and State equipment

• ❑ Foredeck repair

• ❑ Spinnaker pole bracket rebedding

• ❑ Seacock Servicing

• ❑ Galley sink drain

• ❑ Propane locker wiring

• ❑ Bilge pump wiring

• ❑ Headsail halyard wraps problem

• ❑ Water hoses for pressure system

• ❑ Refrigeration system

• ❑ Alternator/water pump belt loose

• ❑ Turning block on mizzen boom

• ❑ Knot meter does not register

• ❑ Standing water on top of keel fuel tank

• ❑ Water in keel step box

• ❑ Battery positive terminals not covered

It goes on; there's a second list of recommended changes. Plus there's another dozen nice-to-haves.

And that doesn't include removing the old television.

As soon as the funds transfer, we'll be back up to Deltaville to start in on "The List".