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MarkSF 08-09-2011 05:21 PM

Blower needed for inboard diesel?
I just completed the online "self assessment" tool for the USCG safety sticker.

It tells me I should have a blower for the inboard diesel compartment. Is this true? I thought they were only necessary for gasoline engines. The boat was made in 1984 with a Universal 5424.

DRFerron 08-09-2011 05:32 PM

I looked at the checklist and it is referring to inboard gas engines.

Second page #6 Ventilation

shogan50 08-09-2011 07:10 PM

I just had a courtesy inspection. Blower not required for diesel.

klem 08-09-2011 07:24 PM

You need one for a 2 stroke to start it but that is a different type of blower.

Sorry, your title threw me off, they are not required.

MarkSF 08-09-2011 08:42 PM


Originally Posted by shogan50 (Post 760430)
I just had a courtesy inspection. Blower not required for diesel.

Thanks - I think it's just a simple mistake in the software then.

tomperanteau 08-16-2011 08:43 PM

Courtesy inspection? Is that when the Coast Guard boards your vessel?

DRFerron 08-16-2011 08:56 PM


Originally Posted by tomperanteau (Post 763200)
Courtesy inspection? Is that when the Coast Guard boards your vessel?

Not the regular Coast Guard, the CG Auxiliary has a check list of required and recommended safety equipment and they will, at the owner's request go over it with you, make sure you have everything up to date and make recommendations.

If you don't have everything on the list you just don't get the sticker. We can't issue citations or anything. It really is a "courtesy" to help boaters.

paul323 08-16-2011 08:59 PM

The courtesy inspections are a darned good system - worth doing every few years. I have always found the CG Auxiliary friendly and helpful. Best of all - it's free!

shogan50 08-17-2011 12:30 PM

In my case they (CG Aux.) had a booth in front of the local West Marine about a mile from Sojourn's slip. Being a newly minted sailor, I was unsure of my requirements and had a little time, so I invited them aboard. I had all of the required equipment and got the sticker, but also got a couple of useful pointers. Not sure exactly how/if they get paid, but I think it a genuinely helpful service. The inspector clearly had years if not decades of experience.

JimMcGee 08-17-2011 02:21 PM

Definitely worth doing, and I've ben told if you have the sticker on your mast the Coast Guard will bypass you for on-water inspections. Not sure if this is true...


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