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Stop walking away from residential boat docks and the opportunity to inspect them as an ancillary inspection (view the Standards of Practice [SOPS]).
For those wanting to upsell, you can start inspecting boat docks, lifts and boathouses using my new Boat Dock template for Home Inspector Pro!

Loading the InterNACHI Narrative Library template for Home Inspector Pro into their software will not change the way the HIP software works. You will still have access to all the templates that come with Home Inspector Pro software, but the INL Boat Dock template will appear in your list as an additional choice.

This template is the first of its kind, developed with those new to boat dock inspection in mind. In compliance with InterNACHI's SOPs it does not require entering the water.

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For more guidance in inspecting docks and boat lifts, check out the reference material in the menu on my website

The Boat Dock inspection template contains a little over 2,100 comments under the following Heading and Sub-heading titles:


  • 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
    • Skylights
    • Bathroom 
    • 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

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Developed by Kenton Shepard

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  • 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)