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Planning to buy a boat? Do you really know what you are looking at once you get aboard? Check out these photos to see how much you understand about boat systems or ...Ask Captain Chris BEFORE you start your quest for the perfect boat.

Aside from length, single or twin engines, one or two heads and price there is so much more to know about boats to make an informed decision. We believe you should know more about the equipment and systems aboard your boat and we can help you learn!

  • What makes it go?
  • What keeps it running?
  • How does it keep you cool when sleeping?
  • Just what is that gadget and do I need it to have fun and be safe?

Join us in Vero Beach, Florida for two days of Introduction to Boat Systems, a class for those who want to Do It Yourself! Don't be caught off guard and think you are getting a great boat only to learn about all the uh-ohs... after the sale.

Tour these photos below to determine what is what. Do you know if the part is good or bad? If you can service it yourself? Or do you need to schedule a technician?

We will assist you on vessel sea trials and surveys before you buy or join us in Vero for two days to become a self reliant and smarter boat buyer. Just Ask Captain Chris!

Raw water pump cover plate has been turned over to use the other side. Look at the wear marks on the plate. Learn how to inspect your cooling pumps on each engine.
Now you can see why the rudder posts are NOT inline with the propeller shafts.Easy to remove the shaft without pulling the rudder first.
This is the hydraulic trim tab pump usually located inside the transom of the boat. Look through the translucent white container for fluid level. What type of fluid is used?
Research this cream colored drivesaver online. It connects between the gear output flange and the propeller shaft flange. Study the bolt pattern.
Traditional shaft seals are supposed to drip a small amount of water to cool the packing material. The packing is called FLAX and should have three rings compressed under the jam nut and secured with the lock nut. This seal has recently been repacked.
Another kind of shaft seals are DRIPLESS designs as seen here. Look at the small spray pattern (black line) proving they are drip LESS but not never drip.
Many hydraulic steering and engine controls have a pressurized reservoir for the fluid. Check the air pressure gauge and fluid level in this tank. How would you refill this unit? What do the Red and Green tape marks indicate?
Electric bow thrusters use a lot of energy requiring large amperage circuit breakers. Learn where your breaker is located in case you need to reset it quickly. The small oil bottle is to lubricate the shaft bearings.
Black water tanks (sewage) foul air is vented overboard every time the head is flushed. Locate your air vent filter and learn how to replace the charcoal granules.
YELLOW is the new BLACK. Marine electrical Direct Current wiring now uses YELLOW as the negative wire /cable. Look at the battery label - negative near the post. And what about that wing nut?
Foot peddle in the galley? Usually found on sailboats this is a foot powered sea water pump to wash dishes then FRESH water electric pump to rinse. Peddle is lower right of sink.
Not my choice for installation of a high powered Inverter Charger, in the forward BILGE. Imagine the moisture on the electronic circuitry. Look at the rust on the potable water bladder tank!
If your diesel doesn't shut down by pushing the STOP button learn how to override the system by pushing the electromagnetic solenoid to stop the engine.
Hydraulic steering is more desirable because it is easier to drive the boat in a straight line. Look at the rudder post and tiller arm. The silver hydraulic ram is in the lower center screen.
Cable & chain steering is seen on older boats. Here is the rudder post and quadrant that the cable pulls around to rotate the rudder angle and boat direction. Monitor the cable for wear. The dull silver bar on far right connects to the port rudder.
This is part of the cable system from the rudders forward through the starboard bilge and then midship bulkhead before angling upward to the chain system on the helm steering wheel(s). Monitor the wear on the chains, cables and pulleys.
If the boat you want to purchase has rusty steel fuel tanks  imagine how you would replace them? Remove the engines then the tanks! Lot of time, work & $$. Not fun for anyone. If replaced already then look for the builders plate on the tanks to see when.
Has your diesel been serviced? How can you tell? Look for different colors of paint or no paint at all. See the unpainted injectors on this generator engine? These are replacement injectors, question is WHY. What required this level of service?
Homemade or boatyard made fuel direction valves. These aluminum squares show the direction of fuel flow by following the lines cut into the square. No, they do not line up perfectly but you must learn to feel the valve handle.
How fast should your boat go? It depends on a lot of factors BUT when you are on the survey/sea trial the engine builders plate will show the WOT- Wide Open Throttle. This is information the mechanical engine surveyor needs to know. Check the RPMs.

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