Originally Posted by m chappelow
Think most marine insurers would have a field day especially if any armature or d.i.y work has been carried out on the actual structure of the boat or hull .
Then How far will the test go just basic or deep intrusive tests into osmosis, cracks , moisture content . Fittings tested such as rigging , shackles , material specs . Competence of who did the work then as everything else such as mot tests there are testers that are looking to fail & those who perhaps know about things & may pass the same vehicle .
If comparable to a Vehicle MT, having private work done on a car does not preclude it being insured or MOT'ed if that was the case there would be no cars older than 10 years on the road! Any work I have done on my vehicle does not need a certificate from a qualified mechanic in order to pass an MOT, so private work done on a boat will pass (as long as it looks or appears to be sound)
As for all the other technical tests, do you think your average MOT station goes into stress fracture testing mettalurgical tests on your chassis? No way, he hits it with a bloody hammer, and if a hole appears it fails for rust!
If a test were just basic safety equipment, and general condition of the hull, tubes etc, most of ribnetters boats would pass.