Double-link measurement

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.

(1) Timber

• Report any splintering, dry rot, worm/ borer holes, or broken sections.

• Record paint type and condition.

(2) Rubber

• 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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