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Short Version:

The vessel is not going to sink, break loose, or pollute.

Longer Version:

  1. Operational thru hulls, hoses and sea caulks.

  2. Operational bilge pumps, solar panels, good batteries and good wiring.

  3. Oil free bilge.

  4. Capable of self propelled navigation, sail or motor.

  5. Must meet state and federal requirements.

  6. Everything on deck should be secured.

  7. RBRA requirements say all fuel containers should be stored below decks.

  8. State and federal requirements state that all fuel containers must be stored in exposed areas where fumes cannot accumulate. This difference required clarification.

Courtesy Safety inspection is available through the Coast Guard Auxiliary,

qualified marine surveyor, or courtesy through the BoatSavers.


  1. Sausalito has a long tradition of being a home for boats in need of repair,

  2. long before there was a single house on its shores.

  3. It is important for the Anchorage and its sustainability that progress is steadily made on improving

  4. and maintaining the seaworthiness of a vessel under your responsibility.

Seaworthiness 101

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