How to Inspect Your Boat After a Storm

What Can a Storm Do to a Boat?

The impact of a severe storm on a boat can be significant, with strong winds, waves, and heavy rains potentially causing considerable damage to the hull, deck, exterior, and superstructure.

The rains can create additional weight and strain the boat’s structure, eventually leading to leaks and flooding. Powerful waves can dislodge or damage equipment, such as sails, rigging, or navigation instruments, while lightning strikes increase the risk of electrical damage to onboard systems.


A 10-Step Guide to Post-Storm Boat Inspections

Storms can pose a significant threat to a boat’s integrity and functionality. For this reason, you’ll want to inspect your vessel properly in the aftermath of a storm to ensure its safety and seaworthiness. Kids Car Donations is here to help you do just that.

  • STEP 1: Prioritize safety.

Ensure that the boat is securely moored or on dry land, away from potential hazards. Use appropriate personal protective equipment and exercise caution while moving around the boat.

  • STEP 2: Perform visual assessment.

Carefully examine the entire exterior of the boat and look for visible signs of damage, including cracks, dents, or scratches on the hull, deck, or superstructure. Inspect the paint or gel coat for chips or peeling, which could lead to water intrusion or structural issues.

  • STEP 3: Check rigging and sails.

Inspect the mast, shrouds, stays, and fittings for signs of stress, such as stretched or kinked wires. Ensure all connections are secure and free from corrosion or damage. Examine the sails for tears, rips, or frayed edges that may affect their performance and structural integrity.

  • STEP 4: Survey the deck and hardware.

Walk around the deck and carefully inspect all fittings, including cleats, winches, and hatches. Look for cracks or loose screws, and ensure that lifelines, stanchions, and grab rails are securely fastened and in good condition.

  • STEP 5: Assess the electronics and electrical systems.

Inspect the batteries, wiring, and connections for signs of water damage, corrosion, or loose connections. Test the navigation equipment, radios, and lights to ensure they are functioning correctly. If you spot damaged or non-functional components, replace them right away.

  • STEP 6: Check the bilge and pumps.

Examine the bilge area for water buildup. Test the bilge pumps and ensure all drainage systems are functional. Remove standing water manually if necessary. Clear scuppers or bilge outlets of any obstructions.

  • STEP 7: Inspect the engine and mechanical systems.

Open the engine compartment and look for waterlogged components, dampness, and other signs of water intrusion. Check all hoses, belts, and connections for damage or leaks. Test the engine, fuel system, and other mechanical components to see if they’re running smoothly and don’t make unusual noises or vibrations.

  • STEP 8: Examine the interior.

Inspect all cabins, storage compartments, and lockers for water leaks or moisture. Look for warped wood, stained walls, or musty odors. Pay attention to areas around windows, hatches, and plumbing fixtures. Check for moisture or mold growth on upholstery, cushions, and mattresses. Remove damp materials to prevent further damage and mold growth.

  • STEP 9: Assess safety equipment.

Verify the condition and accessibility of safety equipment on board. Check life jackets for signs of wear or damage and ensure fire extinguishers are fully charged and in working order. Inspect distress signals to ensure they are within their expiration dates.

  • STEP 10: Document, report, and make necessary repairs.

Take detailed notes, photographs, or videos of any damages or problems that were discovered during the inspection. This documentation will be useful for insurance claims or repairs. Report significant damages to your insurance company, marina, or boatyard following their specific procedures. Prioritize and address the damages or issues based on your inspection findings. Seek professional assistance for complex repairs or structural concerns.


Do You Have an Unwanted Boat You Want to Dispose Of?

If you’ve decided to upgrade your vessel or move away from the boating lifestyle, consider donating your unwanted boat to us at Kids Car Donations.

We will sell your boat through an auction and use the proceeds to support the pediatric healthcare programs of our charity partners. These IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations use the funding to provide free comprehensive and high-quality medical assistance to children from indigent families. Their services encompass a wide range of pediatric health challenges, offering solutions, treatments, emotional support, pain relief, and trauma care.

As our donor, you’ll enjoy the convenience of our free professional pickup and towing service anywhere in the United States. Additionally, you’ll be eligible to claim the maximum tax deduction in the upcoming tax season.

Best of all, your generosity will provide you with a sense of pride and accomplishment, knowing that your donation will contribute to saving children’s lives.

We gladly accept donations of various types of vehicles, not just boats and standard vehicles in good condition. Even if your vehicle has defects or is no longer running, we are willing to accept it.

For more information, head over to our FAQs page. If you have any inquiries or concerns, give us a call anytime through our toll-free hotline at 866-634-8395 or write to us here.

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If you’re ready to let go of your boat and touch the lives of hurting youngsters in your area, call Kids Car Donations at 866-634-8395 or fill out our online donation form now!