The vessel is inspected during a short ‘lift & hold’ haulout.
The wetted surface area of the hull is inspected for osmotic blistering, damage and repair work. The keel, drive gear, rudders and thru-hull fittings are also inspected at this time. The hull is inspected for blisters when it is in a wet state, shortly after being hauled or power washed. Any osmotic blistering will be easier to detect at this stage. A thick build-up of antifouling paint could however make the detection of small blisters difficult. Moisture meter readings of the wetted surface area of the hull are not possible during the ‘short haulout’ as the bottom paint retains moisture offsetting any readings taken. A sounding of the wetted surface of the hull is undertaken to help determine if any delamination exists in the hull structure.