1. Walk the entire perimeter of the boat and check for any damage or signs of wear.
Pay particular attention to the keel, stern, and bow. Look for signs of wear such as chipped paint, scratches, or dents. Also, check for any loose parts or components that may have come loose from their mountings.
2. Inspect the hull for any cracks, dents, or scratches.
Inspect the hull for any signs of damage such as cracks, dents, or scratches. If any areas show potential signs of wear, repair them to prevent further damage.
3. Check the deck for damage, soft spots, and leaks.
Check the deck for any visible signs of damage including soft spots from rotting wood or loose components that may have come loose from their mountings. Inspect all around the edges and bulkheads looking for water intrusions due to leaking seals or joints. Also, check all hatches and covers for proper sealing.
4. Examine all fittings, rails, and cleats for tightness and damage.
Check all fittings like rails and cleats to make sure they are properly secured and free of damage. Look for signs of rust or wear, which could indicate a loose part or corroded metal.
5. Look at the propeller and make sure there is no significant corrosion or damage present.
Visually inspect the propeller for any signs of damage such as cracks, chips, or dents. Make sure that all mounting nuts and bolts are tight and secure. If any parts seem to be worn down beyond repair, replace them.
6. Check all electrical wiring for signs of wear or water intrusion.
Inspect all electrical wiring for any visible signs of wear or cracking in insulation due to water intrusions. Inspect connectors and terminals as well looking for corrosion or other physical damage.
7. Inspect bilge pump(s) to ensure they are in proper working condition.
Check the bilge pump system for any signs of wear or damage. Make sure all pumps are functioning properly, and that all electrical wiring is connected securely and out of harm’s way.
8. Verify that the fuel tank is properly sealed and has no leaks.
Inspect the fuel tank for any visible signs of leakage or damage. Check around mounting flanges and fittings to make sure there are no gaps or openings where fumes could escape. Also make sure that all hoses and lines are secured tightly with no chance of them coming loose during operation.
9. Evaluate overall condition of engine(s).
Inspect the engine(s) for any signs of damage or wear. Check all fluid levels, and make sure all belts, hoses, and filters are in good condition. Inspect spark plugs and other electrical components as well to confirm proper operation of the engine(s).
10. Look over steering system for proper function.
Inspect the steering system for any loose parts or damage. Make sure all linkages are properly adjusted, and that there is no binding or slop in the system. Check cables and linkage arms to ensure they are free of wear or corrosion.
11. Observe all safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers and life jackets.
Verify that all safety equipment such as fire extinguishers and life jackets are present and in good working condition. Make sure they have not expired and that the proper type of fire extinguisher is on board.
12. Inspect any electronics on board (GPS, radio, etc) for proper functioning.
Verify that any electronics on board such as GPS, radio, or other communication devices are in good working order. Make sure all wiring is secure and free of corrosion or damage. Check power sources to make sure they are functioning properly and powering the device correctly.
13. Test the navigational lights to make sure they are visible in low light conditions.
Turn on the navigational lights and make sure they are visible in low light conditions. Make sure all bulbs and wiring are intact, and that the lights are securely mounted to the boat.
14. Ensure that all fasteners are tight and secure.
Make sure all fasteners such as bolts, nuts, and screws are properly tightened to the boat. Look for any signs of corrosion or wear that could cause them to come loose during operation. Tighten them if needed.
15. Check the trailer and its components, such as wheels, tires, wiring, and hitch.
Inspect the trailer and its components such as wheels, tires, wiring, and hitch. Make sure all parts are secure and free of corrosion or damage. Look for any signs of wear that could indicate a loose part or corroded metal. Replace parts if needed.
16. Confirm that the battery is functioning properly and is fully charged.
Check the battery and make sure it is properly charged and functioning correctly. Inspect the terminals for corrosion or signs of wear, and make sure all cables are securely connected to the battery. Replace if necessary.
17. Make sure there is an adequate supply of fuel available.
Verify that there is an adequate supply of fuel available for the boat. Make sure the tank is at least two-thirds full, and check for any water or sediment in the fuel if necessary. Top off the tank with fresh fuel as needed.
18. Test all navigational aids to ensure they are in working condition.
Turn on the navigational aids such as depth finders and fish finders, and make sure they are in working order. Also, check any other electronic equipment such as radios or GPS systems to ensure proper operation.
19. Check any on board communication systems (VHF radios, etc.) for proper operation.
Verify that any on board communication systems are functioning properly. Make sure all wiring is secure and in good condition, and check the antennae for signs of damage or wear. Test VHF radios to make sure they have clear reception and sound quality.
20. Verify that the boat is properly registered and has the necessary decals /tags attached.
Make sure that the boat is properly registered and has all necessary decals and tags attached. Check with your local state or federal agencies to confirm that the registration is current and valid. Replace any worn or outdated tags as needed.