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Stop walking away from residential boat docks and the opportunity to inspect them as an ancillary inspection! The Standards of Practice do not require entering the water.
For those wanting to upsell, you can start inspecting boat docks, boat lifts and boathouses using this comprehensive template!


In addition to private boat docks, this ready-to-use template includes over 2,100 narratives for the inspection of boat lifts and boathouses. As with other InterNACHI Narrative Library templates, both narratives and the template organization are editable.

Reminder Window Content

In addition to the narratives, the template contains around 80 Reminder Windows with reference material designed to help educate those new to boat dock inspection. See the list here!


This template does not affect how Spectora works, it simply gives users immediate access to many more narratives, along with onboard information and links to pages that provide inspection guidance.

Use Spectora’s search feature to find narratives fast!

Because Spectora has no downloadable file, the template must be shared using the email address with which you subscribed to Spectora. 

Those purchasing 9 am to 9 pm Mountain time will typically receive the template within a few hours. When purchased after 9 pm the template will be shared the following morning.

Once shared, the template will appear as one of the choices under "My Templates" in your copy of Spectora.


  • You must have Spectora software installed to use this template.
  • No returns on digital products!
  • Price and content subject to change without notice (no updates provided).
  • Template substitution and replacement policy (if you switch software or lose this template)


This template is for Spectora but not by Spectora. For questions about this template, please contact Kenton:  kenton@internachi.org    720-646-8724



  • General Information
    • Dock Disclaimer
    • Documentation
    • Waterway Type
    • Dock Description
  • Dock access
    • Barriers and Gates
    • Gangway
    • Ramp
    • Fixed Walkway
  • Floating Dock
    • Dock Description
    • General Condition
    • Dock Anchoring System
    • Concrete Floats
    • Polyethylene Floats
    • Expanded Polystyrene Floats
    • Steel Tube Floats
  • Fixed Dock
    • General Condition
  • Dock Structure
    • General Condition
    • Cathodic Protection
    • Dock Piles
    • Deck Frame
    • Decking
    • Walers and Through-rods
    • Rub Rails
    • Hardware
  • Dock Electrical
    • Electrical Disclaimer
    • Dock Electrical Panel
    • Grounding and Bonding
    • Overcurrent Protection
    • GFCI Protection
    • ELCI Protection
    • Branch Wiring
    • Shore Power
    • Lighting
    • Electrical Datum Plane
  • Water Service
    • Dock Fresh Water Supply
  • Dock Safety Equipment


  • Documentation
  • Lift Type
  • Lift General Condition
  • Boat Lift Piles
  • Direct Drive
  • Flat Plate Drive
  • Boat Lift Structural Components
  • Cables and Pulleys
  • Bunks and Covers
  • Boat Lift Electrical
  • Hydraulic Components
  • Boat Lift Operation


Note: although based on my Residential template, these narratives specifically mention boathouse conditions.

  • Boathouse Structure (Wall and Floor)
    • Floor and Wall Framing
  • Boathouse Structure (Roof)
    • Attic Access
    • Conventional Roof Framing
    • Truss Roof Framing
    • Roof Fasteners and Hardware
  • Boathouse Roofing Materials
    • Inspection Method
    • Roof Structure Exterior
    • Roof Flashing
    • Roof Sheathing
    • Roof Vents
    • Asphalt Shingles
    • Concrete Tile
    • Clay Tile
    • Metal Roof 
    • Stone Slate
    • EPDM
    • TPO
  • Boathouse Exterior
    • Wall Exteriors
    • Door/Window Exteriors
    • Exterior Trim
    • Stucco/EIFS/DEFS
    • Fiber-cement Siding
    • Composite Siding
    • Vinyl Siding
    • Wood Siding
  • Boathouse Interior
    • Interior Reference
    • General Interior
    • Floors
    • Walls
    • Ceilings
    • Interior Trim
    • Ceiling Fan
    • Lighting
    • Exterior Doors
    • Interior Doors
    • Windows
    • SkylightsBathroom 
    • Fireplace
    • Stairs
    • Environmental Hazards
    • Pests
    • Thermal Imaging
  • Boathouse Electrical
    • Boathouse Sub-panel
    • Boathouse Branch Wiring
    • Boathouse lighting
  • Boathouse Plumbing
    • Water Supply
    • Drain, Waste, and Vent
    • Water Heater
    • Gas System
    • Water Quality

Understanding "Optional" Sections and Items

You’ll notice that in the outline (as in the template) quite a few Sections and Items have been made Optional (grey font).

Sections and Items in grey font (optional titles):

Can easily be added to any report without leaving the inspection report you have open, by clicking Section + , or Item +.

Sections and Items in blue font:

Will be included in the report unless you abandon the report you’re working on, go into the Template Editor, change the title status by clicking the pencil icon to the right of the title, and then create a new report (start over). No one wants to do all that!

Developed by Kenton Shepard

Author of the InterNACHI Narrative Library: Residential. See Kenton's qualifications here.


  • You must have Home Inspector Pro software installed to use this template.
  • No returns on digital products!
  • Price and content subject to change without notice.
  • Template substitution and replacement policy  (if you switch software or lose this template)