Figure 3-39. Locations for taking chain-link measurements.
• Buoy overall condition: report any visible damage or listing. If the buoy is listing, determine which inner compartment has water in it.
• Report the color and markings. Ensure that the identification number on the buoy is the same as that depicted on navigation charts; if not, report it.
b. Fiberglass Coating
• Report hull dents or separation of the fiberglass from the buoy. The metal could be indented and the fiberglass could look undamaged.
• Report peeling or loose seams or edges. Fiberglass will often fail there first.
• Report any rust bleeding. This indicates trapped moisture between the fiberglass and the buoy's hull.
• Report blisters, bubbles, cracks, checking, or glazing that may be hidden under paint.
c. Painted Surf aces
• Report spalling, cracking, peeling, and blisters.
• Report lack of full paint coverage of the buoy or paint discoloration due to chemical reactions or rust bleeding.
d. Top Jewelry
• Identify each component and prepare a sketch depicting the location of each within the top jewelry.
• Report any wear or corrosion of jewelry components.
e. Fenders!Chafing Strips
• Record the number and location of each.
• Record the method of fender/chafing strip attachment.
• Check for and report any loose, rusted, or broken attachments or bolts.
• Check the welds securing the fender/ chafing strip mounting brackets to the buoy hull and report any cracks or separation of the welding material from the parent metal.
• Ensure that drainage holes through the chafing strips are open and not clogged with debris.
• Report any splintering, dry rot, worm/ borer holes, or broken sections.
• Record paint type and condition.
• Check for and report any rubber brittle-ness or cracking.
• Record any tears, rips, or missing sections.
(3) Steel Pipe Chafing Rail
• Record pipe rail diameter and height above the deck.
• Check for rust and a secure attachment at the base of the stanchions and rust on the underside of each horizontal rail.
• Record any damage, i.e, dents, fractures, or loose parts on which a line may foul.
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