THE WHITE HAT MARINE SURVEYING BLOG

The musings of a Marine Surveyor in Devon after 15 years of surveying boats in the UK and Europe.

Prepare Your Boat For Winter

Winter is coming - it is time to prepare your boat.  A Winter Closing Up list needs to be tailored to your boat, your location and your intentions.  To help prompt the right sorts of questions on what needs doing on your boat, Boat Chat has pulled together a suggested...

What is a White Hat Marine Survey?

A White Hat Marine Survey is inspired by the book ‘Six Thinking Hats: An Essential Approach to Business Management’, by Edward de Bono published in 1985, which sought to optimise the thinking process within groups of people working in a collaborative endeavour. The...

The Evolution Of Boat Hull Numbers

The evolution of boat hull numbers over the last few decades from simple to complex is A Good Thing.  One of the fun parts of any marine survey (for this surveyor anyway) is finding them.  Of course, on some boats they are harder to find and the older the boat the...

LPG Safety On Boats – Free Checklist

A safe LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) installation on a boat is most often a simple installation with several built in safety features.  The best way to assess any system is to follow the LPG pathway from cylinder to appliance.  The PDF file below contains some simple...

Inspecting the Aging Sailboat by Don Casey – Book Review

https://youtu.be/G0JG51uJ9hE   Inspecting the Aging Sailboat by Don Casey has been one of my go to surveying books since I first bought it in 2007.  It gives a brilliant insight into how to assess the condition of an aging fibreglass yacht and is a really great...

The Marine Surveyor’s Toolbox – A Guided Tour

https://youtu.be/itKXjGrnm0U   What tools do you actually need to inspect a boat?  Well, that depends on how deeply you want to understand the boat’s construction, its condition and what your relationship is with the boat.  Inspecting any boat can be done with...

Rust Tubercles

One of the great joys (please take this in the most subjective manner you can) in surveying boats is the wide range of corrosion mechanisms and their effects on the variety of metals on offer to the attentive marine surveyor. Finding, identifying and reporting on...

Sacrificial Boat Anodes – A Waste of Money?

Sacrificial anodes are something every boat owner should be aware of, yet not every boat owner will need them. The principle is quite simple; the material that your boat is made of and the environment in which you keep it has the propensity to cause serious metal loss...