|Gudgeon & Pintle Marine Surveys|
New Bern, North Carolina, USA
Serving The US East Coast
Stephen T. Duncombe, SAMS® AMS®
Principal Marine Surveyor
Cell: 252 626 3281
Think of a pre-purchase survey as being like a house inspection, and then stop.
Most of us have lived in a house and most of us are at least somewhat familiar with their systems: plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling. Most houses exist in a, for the main, passive environment.
Boats are a cross between a house and a vehicle. And boats live most of their lives in a hostile environment: water. The plumbing systems on boats consist of tankage, electric pumps, accumulator tanks, piping and holes in the hull. A heating/cooling system consists of heating and cooling units, electric pumps, piping, vents and more holes in the hull. The electrical system is normally both AC and DC power, batteries, alternator, breakers, batteries, chargers and sometimes a generator. The propulsion system on a boat can vary from inboard to outboard, gasoline to diesel, but usually involve even more holes in the hull. All the while, water is trying to get into the boat. Water does not rest. Remember in High School when you were told that water is known as the 'Universal Solvent'? Well, it is. Water is also a wonderful conductor of electricity. The AC and DC systems on a boat must be properly installed and maintained to prevent corrosion and electrical shorts and shock.
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Installed September 14, 2008, Last Revised August 28, 2020 - This site is hosted and maintained by Don Robertson