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Unsafe Safety Pin

Craig Norton, August 25 2021

It is quite surprising how often I come across a fixed fire suppression system that still has the service safety pin inserted, preventing manual activation of the system in case of an emergency. Oddly enough, this is most often on systems that have been recently inspected, but after catching this a few times now I make a mental note of always check...

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The Hull Identification Number

Craig Norton, April 6 2020

All boats manufactured or imported on or after November 1, 1972 must bear a HIN. The HIN is a 12 character identification number unique to that vessel. The primary HIN must be permanently affixed (so that it can be seen from outside the boat) to the starboard side of the transom within two inches of the top of the transom, gunwale or hull/deck join...

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Hand-held Fire Extinguisher Recall

Craig Norton, April 6 2020

Hi all! Today's quick-tip is about the commonly seen expired or recalled hand-held fire extinguishers. Take note anytime you see these Kidde brand hand-held fire extinguishers with plastic handles (like the video above) or push-button fire extinguishers. Non-Affected Fire Extinguishers with plastic handles

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Stabilizer Fin Delamination

Nedra Walker, November 20 2019

Here's another finding we come across frequently when inspecting vessels with cored fiberglass fin stabilizers. As with any deficiency I come across more than once, I save it as a Quick Insert Phrase within InspectX so that it's very easy to enter into the report while working in the field.

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Cracked strainer service cap

Craig Norton, November 7 2019

Here's a an example of a failure we come across often during the course of a survey. I have a commonly used phrase already saved in the Finding's & Recommendations section of my version of InspectX under 'Raw Water Strainers' for just such an occasion. These service caps should only ever be tightened by hand, so it is likely that this fracture occu...

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