Saturday, December 18, 2010

Are You A Marine Surveyor ?

March 2011 Marine Survey Class

Introduction to the Art of Marine Survey -Yachts and Small Craft

7 to 11 March 2011 – 0830 to 1700

Nordby Conference Center – Fishermen’s Terminal

Seattle, Washington


- Welcome and course introduction

- Marine survey and the role of the marine surveyor

- Accreditation societies (SAMS, NAMS)

- Request for services

- Vessel types and descriptions

- Nature of observations and findings

- Use of USCG Navigation - Vessel Inspections Circulars (NVIC) as guidance in

marine survey work.

- Lunch (1200 – 1300)

- Tools used in marine survey work

- Galvanic Corrosion

- Wooden vessel construction, deficiencies, and inspection techniques –


- Recap of previous day

- Wooden vessel construction, deficiencies, and inspection techniques

- Wooden vessel fastenings and inspection techniques

- Observation and recommendations regarding refastening

- Fiberglass vessel construction, deficiencies, and inspection techniques

- Use of electronic moisture meters

- Lunch (1200 – 1300)

- Steel and aluminum vessel construction, deficiencies, and NDT inspection

- Electrical Systems


- Recap of previous day

- Vessel safety systems, lifesaving devices, and regulations

(USCG Auxiliary, Zenith Maritime).

- Sail rig inspection

- Lunch (1200 – 1300)

- Overview of damage surveys

- Marine machinery inspection

- Review of ABYC, NFPA, and CFR standards and recommended practices

- Commercial vessel inspection – passenger and fishing (flag administration

classification and certification schemes – regulations - USCG, DNV)


- Recap of previous day

- Vessel stability observations – Capt. David Yell

- Survey reports – content and use of work product by clients, marine lenders,

insurance underwriters, and marine trade professional

- Lunch (1200 – 1300)

- Review of survey reports – nature of minimum content

- Value surveys (Fair Market Value – Best and Highest Use – Comparative Sales)


- Recap of previous day

- Boat yard – marina inspections

- Lunch (1200 – 1300)

- Preparation of group reports on findings

- Presentation of group reports

- Presentation of Certificates of Completion

Materials (supplied) –

- Student study guide – Zenith Maritime and guest speakers

- Surveying Fiberglass Sail Boats, Henry Mustin

- Federal Requirements for Recreational and Fishing Vessels - USCG

Recommended Reading –

- Surveying Small Craft, Ian Nicolson – Sheridan House

- Metal Corrosion in Boats, Nigel Warren – International Marine Publishing

- The Nature of Boats, David Gerr - International Marine Publishing

- Details of Classic Boat Construction, The Hull – Larry Pardey – Waterline Books

- ABYC – Standards and Recommended Practices for Yachts and Small Craft – American

Yacht and Boat Council

- National Fire Protection Association 10/302 – NFPA

- 33 CFR Subchapter S – Boating Safety (Parts 173 – 199), 46 CFR Subchapter C –

Uninspected Vessels (Parts 24 to 28), 46 CFR Subchapter T – Inspected Small Passenger

Vessels (Parts 175 to 185).

Classroom Location -

Nordby Conference Center, Fishermen’s Terminal – Seattle, Washington.

The Nordby Building (just east of the main terminal building – towards net sheds) – conference room is on north side of building (facing boat basin).

3919 18th Ave West

Seattle, Washington 98119

Monday, December 13, 2010

Fuel Hoses.....

- Flexible fuel hose used in marine applications must meet the requirements of SAE J1527 and must be marked as such (ABYC H-24 and H-33). Flexible fuel hose for marine use is rated for specific applications using a letter – number combination. The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has designated four types of marine fuel hoses – viz., A1, A2, B1, and B2. The USCG requires fuel hose approved for marine applications to be marked “USCG Approved Type __” every twelve (12) inches – along with the date of manufacture (see photograph below of a section of USCG Approved A1 marine fuel hose which is marked fire and alcohol resistant). ABYC Sections H-24 and H-33 specifies fuel hose types and usage for gasoline and diesel fuel systems. Newer alcohol based fuels will cause older approved hoses to deteriorate and leak. Each flexible fuel hose end must be secured by a swaged sleeve, and sleeve – threaded insert, or a corrosion resistant hose clamp. Note – not all Type A hose is designed to be clamped.

Type A1 hose is for critical fuel delivery applications for both gasoline and diesel fuel products due to its good fire resistance and low permeation characteristics. 33 CFR 183 requires that A1 or A1-15 hose be used for inboard gasoline machinery fuel systems. ABYC H-33 recommends either A1 or A2 for diesel fuel applications within engine compartments. Type A1, A1-15, and A2 hose is required and or recommended for vent and fill applications. Type B1 and B2 fuel hose is also recommended for use as vent and fill hose outside the engine compartment where a break in fuel systems will not result in the discharge of not more than five (5) ounces of fuel in 2-1/2 minutes. All fuel delivery, fill, and vent hoses must be of proper specifications. The use of non-marine grade hoses, such as used in automobiles, is not recommended. Gasoline and diesel fuels have a profound effect on hoses. Fuel hoses should routinely wiped with a clean, dry cloth to check for excessive fuel order which could indicate leakage.