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January 29, 2024

Your Go-To Guide for Post-Storm Boat Inspection

Are you worried about the condition of your boat after it was hit by a devastating storm? Don’t sweat it. We know how much you care about your boat, and we’re here to help you figure out if it’s still okay despite the battering it took from that hurricane.

We’ll dive into the nitty-gritty of inspecting your vessel after a storm. We’ll cover everything — from checking the engine to inspecting your sails. We’ll also touch on preventative measures you can take so that when the next big storm arrives (which unfortunately is bound to happen again), you’ll be more prepared to handle the situation. So, sit back, and let’s get started!

  • Step 1: Ensure your safety first.

Always remember that your safety is more important than anything else. If it’s still dangerous around your boat after the storm, don’t go near it. Watch out for fallen wires, shaky docks, or anything else that might hurt you. Wait until it’s safe before checking your boat.

  • Step 2: Check out your boat.

Once it’s safe to do so, walk around your boat and look for any damage. Look for scratches or cracks on the outside of your boat. Check if any water got in that shouldn’t be there. If your boat is out of the water, look at the bottom, too. If you find any damage, take pictures. They can help if you need to talk to your insurance company.

  • Step 3: Small things matter.

Look at the smaller parts of your boat. These include the rails, fittings, and hatches. They might seem small, but they’re essential for your boat.

  • Step 4: Look at the propeller and rudder.

Next, check your boat’s propeller and rudder. Any dents or bends in these parts could spell trouble. If they’re damaged, your boat’s maneuverability could be seriously compromised.

  • Step 5: Check the engine room.

The engine room is the heart of your vessel, so give it the attention it deserves. Look for any signs of water intrusion or any displaced or damaged equipment. Check the electrical systems for corrosion or short circuits caused by moisture. Keep in mind that a healthy engine room is key to smooth sailing!

  • Step 6: Unfurl your sails.

If your boat has sails, don’t forget to check them. Look at the mast and boom to see if they’re bent or cracked. Check your sails for tears and your lines for frays. The storm might have damaged them!

  • Step 7: Clean up.

After you’ve checked everything, it’s time to clean your boat. Saltwater, mud, and junk can hurt your boat. Wash your boat with fresh water and soap that’s safe for boats. Dry everything to keep mold or mildew away.

  • Step 8: Need help?

If you find a lot of damage or you’re not sure about something, don’t be afraid to ask for help. A professional can come and check your boat and help you fix any problems.


Prevention Is Better Than Cure

Finally, preparing your boat before a storm is as crucial as checking your boat after it. Things like securing your boat properly, removing anything that can fly off, sealing any openings, and making sure your bilge pumps are working can help keep your boat safe.


Looking to Get Rid of an Unwanted Boat?

If you have an old boat that’s plagued with complicated issues that require costly repairs, consider donating it to us at Veteran Car Donations. Instead of worrying about the huge amount of money you’d spend if you push through with its repairs, you’ll enjoy a satisfying and rewarding giving experience if you simply donate that vehicle to us.

We’ll put your vessel up for auction and use the proceeds to fund the life improvement programs for veterans of our charity partners. These IRS-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are dedicated to helping former U.S. service members who are homeless, unable to find employment, and suffering from disabilities and serious illnesses, including mental disorders.

The funding will enable our partners to continue providing their beneficiaries with free medical treatment, psychotherapy services, financial aid, family support, housing assistance, educational scholarships, employment opportunities, and many other benefits.

To return the favor, we’ll promptly send you the 100% tax-deductible sales receipt of your boat via mail soon after its sale. You can use the receipt to claim the highest possible tax deduction in the next tax season.

Also, our team will pick up and tow your vessel for free from anywhere in the country.

Best of all, you’ll get to experience the priceless satisfaction of helping our nation’s heroes live the decent and satisfying life they deserve.

Aside from boats, we accept many other types of vehicles as well, including those that are no longer in good condition. Visit this page to find out the different types of vehicles we’ve been getting from our donors.

Want to learn more about our vehicle donation program? Go visit our FAQs page. If you have any questions for us, call us through our 24/7 toll-free hotline at 877-594-5822. You may also write to us here.


Show Your Support to Our Hurting Heroes Today!

Whether you’re giving us a storm-damaged boat or a clapped-out car that hasn’t been used for months, rest assured that you’ll play a part in uplifting the lives of our former military members. Call Veteran Car Donations at 877-594-5822 or fill out our secure online donation form now!

Veteran Car Donations operates in all 50 states.

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