Thermal Imaging has changed the way I look at boats. After 30 years in the marine industry I have found a tool that allows me to see so much more than I can with my human eyes. Thermal Imaging should never replace a marine surveyor’s visual inspection. Other tools such as moisture meters and sounding hammers still need to be used. But I am able to find so much more in my inspections with this useful tool.

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Here are some of my findings:

 

Moisture trapped in a rudder

Moisture trapped in a rudder

Moisture In A Steel Hull

Moisture In A Steel Hull

Internal Structure Of A Fiberglass Yacht

Internal Structure Of A Fiberglass Yacht

Imaging An Engine

Imaging An Engine

Moisture and Corrosion Surrounding Glassed In Chainplates

Moisture and Corrosion Surrounding Glassed In Chainplate

Moisture Surrounding Glassed In Chainplate

Moisture Surrounding Glassed In Chainplate

Exhaust Hose Wear

Exhaust Hose Wear

Delamination

Delamination

Moisture Around Fasteners On a Wood Boat

Moisture Around Fasteners On a Wood Boat

 

Uses For Thermal Imaging:

  • Identify structural members of hulls constructed of fiberglass, wood, steel, and aluminum.
  • Find trapped moisture in hulls constructed of fiberglass, wood, steel, and aluminum.
  • Find moisture trapped around glassed in chainplates on sailboats.
  • Find delamination in fiberglass.
  • Find previous repairs.
  • Find electrician faults.
  • Find overheating of engines.
  • Find worn areas of exhaust hoses.

I use a Flir Infrared Camera in my inspection.

FLIR T420 Infrared Camera

320 × 240 pixel resolution, MSX®-enabled, <0.5°C, 25° × 19° field of view infrared camera