What You Need to Know When Buying a Used Boat



Rob Davidson

What You Need to Know When Buying a Used Boat

Hull surveys are one thing, but what about the mechanical and electrical systems on a used boat? Generally speaking, many marine surveyors do not offer an opinion on the engines, generators or drive systems when completing a survey. It may be worth your while to have a Certified Marine Engine Technician inspect the running rear prior to the purchase of a used boat. Find out what is involved with a mechanical inspection and when you should request one to be completed. This year at the Boathouse, Rob Davidson will be sharing his professional experience as one of the only few technicians that completes mechanical inspections. He will share what should be checked and what you should be asking when a mechanical inspection is done.


Rob’s passion is the marine industry and is a Licensed Marine Engine Technicians (Boat Motor Mechanic in the old days), a Certified Marine Electrician by ABYC, a Master MerCruiser Technician/Certified Mercury Outboard Technician, Certified Volvo Penta Technician. Rob started his career at Georgian College by completing the 3 year Marine Technology/Recreation Program held at the Orillia campus. Afterwards, he completed his apprenticeship at a marina on Lake Simcoe and then started Rob’s Marine Service in Penetanguishene and Orillia Ontario. After servicing boaters in southern Ontario for many years, he took a full time position at Georgian college in his present position as Program Coordinator. Rob has been involved with the apprenticeship program as Chair of the Industry Committee for the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities, and continues to work in the College of Trade; Trade Board for the Marine and Small Engine Technician apprenticeship program.

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