The client must arrange a haul out with the marina, boat owner and broker if an out of water inspection is needed.
Make sure that the keys to the engine, cabin and lockers are onboard.
The vessel should be clean.
The vessel's state and Coast Guard documentation should be on board. Previous surveys, safety plans, receipts for major work and maintenance records should also be present.
The boat should be accessible, so the cabin, lockers and drawers permit access.
The batteries should be fully charged, and the boat should be plugged into shore power if accessible.
Electronics should be mounted and connected.
Freshwater tanks should have enough water to operate and test the freshwater system.
There must be adequate fuel in the tanks to run the engine and generator.
The Engine should NOT be started prior to the survey. It is necessary to see how the engine performs from a cold state.
If a trial run is performed, an authorized operator or captain must be organized by the client.
All required boat safety equipment should be present for a sea trial.
Items not included in the sale should be removed from the vessel.
USCG Safety Requirements
The US Coast Guard requires that vessels are required to be equipped with specific safety equipment. Requirements change depending on the size and type of boat. For current information on the US Coast Guard safety requirements.