Marine inspections, US Naval
Coast Guard sub chapter T
ABS inspections, surveys by:
Greg Moore 619-218-1018 

In 30 years of being inspected or inspecting vessels myself I've yet to find a rule or an inspector that recommended something that I didnt whole heartedly believe in. Use this link to apply for certificate here in San Diego CG center web link San Diego Coast Guard Inspections PAGE

Inspections are great for the boater and guest. The rules or standards we inspect to or get inspected by include thousands of years of sea experience. These standards are derrived from large volumes of experiences and casualites and are assembled by committees of professional engineers, boat builders, surveyors and tradesmen who have a need for standards to be well documented to help build a vessel for maximum safety of life at sea.  Download CG preinspection checklist

If your building a boat for charter or ever plan to make money off your boat using US passengers for hire, the hull has to be american built and get inspected and certified by CG inspectors to Part 47 sub chapter T standards.If your boat will ever be used for goverment or municipality work it will need to be inspected and approved by american bureau of shipping or ABS. Greg Moore knows every regulation by both agencys, so check yourself before they do.

These type projects require a professional engineer or naval architect to draw your plans and have plans approved before construction starts. The inspectors will then submit plans to many different specialty committees within their agency and review each plan for standards adherance. Inspectors will then check vessel throughout construction to ensure compliance and boat was built to match the approved plans. 

Once you have your vessel certified for the quanity of passengers your vessel can have aboard and the boats intended usage, each year you will be reinspected. They will look for lack of maintenace. Every two years you have to haul boat out of water to inspect bottom of hull. 

Anytime during any reinspection if an inspectors finds something they dont like you will be asked to reccomend to them a method you will use or apply to correct the problem. They will not tell you how to do it. Some issues must be corrected right away and other items will be put on a "reinspect list"  which could be deferred until next year or they may ask you to do it right away or on a time table inspectors and you agree on. 

Making friends with inspectors and butterying them up with lavish meals or niceness will not work. Just when you get an inspector friendly with you, a new and different inspector will come. Then an entire tribe of inspectors may come and even bosses and officers come with students or trainees and check so you wont be able to buy your way into a certificate unless it's with good workmanship. CG live in a world of people dying at sea, its no joke and needs to be taken very serious. 

There are a million things I could put on this page about what they want to see but it takes a real pro to do your plans and install everything to coast guard spec. This is one time you dont want to try and do things yourself or with workers off craigslist unless they are real seasoned talent or degreed engineers with experience in all phases of boat building and offshore seamanship. 

 Sept 2012 new rules for commercial fisherman

A new federal law that goes into effect Oct. 16 could help commercial fishermen in their dangerous environment, according to Coast Guard officials.

For the first time, commercial fishing vessels that operate three or more miles from the coast will be required to undergo a dockside Coast Guard inspection. Changes to the standards those boats have to meet in the inspection are being developed for implementation in the coming years.

Offshore fishing is the most dangerous job in the nation, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, and nowhere is it more dangerous than in the Northeast.

recent report by Boston public radio station WBUR, National Public Radio and the Center for Public Integrity found that from 2000 to 2009 those working in the groundfish fishery off New England and New York were 37 times more likely to die on the job than a police officer.

Currently, fishing boats are inspected at random, such as when a Coast Guard vessel stops the boat at sea. The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 stipulated that any commercial fishing vessel — whether in the groundfish, lobster, gill net or scallop industry — that operates three or more miles from shore must be inspected every two years.

“Obviously, we’re not going to be able to inspect every boat before Oct. 16,” Plowman told the paper, although the Coast Guard plans to hire a third inspector to work from Rockland, Maine, and Coast Guard officers and the Coast Guard Auxiliary are expected to help out.

Under current federal law, fishing vessels must carry an emergency position-indicating radio, known as EPIRB; a lifeboat or life float; a flare kit; life jackets or immersion suits; a ring buoy; a fire extinguisher; a sound-producing device and running lights. The at-sea inspections by the Coast Guard for such equipment, described as “voluntary,” will now become mandatory.

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