What Shape Is She In
A detailed study of boats.
- David Wyman, SAMS-AMS —June 2–8
The more a boat owner knows about their boat, the safer it will be. Even a less than perfect boat in the hands of a knowledgeable boater — who understands and respects the limitations of the boat — can be perfectly seaworthy.
In this course taught by David Wyman, a marine surveyor with an outstanding reputation in the industry, students will learn how to inspect a boat and to assess its condition. David is also a small boat designer and an avid boater, with many years of experience surveying all types of boats, as well as designing boats and consulting on construction, repair, and the operation of vessels. He’s seen it all.
This invaluable course is designed for an average boat owner who wants to learn more about their boat or for someone contemplating buying a boat. It is not meant to replace the need for a professional marine survey, but will help you understand what is involved in a survey and the basics of what to look for before bringing in a certified marine surveyor. It will also help you choose a marine surveyor appropriate for your vessel should you need one.
Students will meet for daily lectures and discussions in our Boathouse, but much of the class work will be done in the field at local boatyards and shops. We will examine wooden hulls of traditional and modern construction as well as fiberglass hulls. You’ll inspect boats from keel to truck and learn how to examine a boat and where to look for common problems caused by rot, corrosion, and general deterioration as a result of age or neglect. Solutions to problems and how they could have been prevented will be discussed. Propulsion, electrical, and plumbing systems will also be inspected.
In addition, David will cover topics that are important to insurers and lenders, such as the requirements set by the U.S. Coast Guard, the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC), and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
It is an amazing experience to be at your place. The first person that I met when I arrived said to me, ‘It’s not about getting the class project completed, it’s about spending time with quality people.’ I didn’t realize that, truly, until after I left as I reflected on my experience on the drive back home. WoodenBoat School is a great place with special people. One can make friends for a lifetime in just one short week. I am very grateful for the time spent there and for the entire experience. I couldn’t have asked for more.