The empty engine bay
gave Carrier a chance
to look at how other
systems had been
installed including the
generator and its exhaust run, which accord-
ing to the standards should exit the boat as
close to the stern as is practical.
Regal, Carrier showed us how he inspects a
boat for compliance, moving from partially
completed boats to finished boats, pointing
out areas of interest along the way. The list
of items he scrutinized seemed endless. The
standards set everything from the minimum
distance between supports for wire runs and
hoses, to checking for the presence of a
charcoal-filled fuel-vent vapor filter, part of
the recently adopted fuel-fill and evaporative
emissions standards. With the decks still off a
cruiser, we could inspect the backing plates for
cleats and wiring for shore power, and see the
surface area of an engine-ventilation intake.
Inside the hull, the back sides of cabinetry was
exposed, revealing wire runs, ductwork for air
conditioning, and freshwater hoses.
At one point at Regal, we inspected a
midsize cruiser without engines installed.
A glance at the fuel system told Carrier
whether the boat was destined for diesel or
gas sterndrives, which further defined the list
of items he had to examine. Carrier knew the
standards inside and out, and also carried a
condensed version in a notebook. When a
question arose about the exact placement of a
gas fume detector in an engine compartment,
he quickly found the answer (a few inches
above the high-water alarm level in the bilge).
Throughout the inspection, Carrier gave
notes to Dennis Reis, Regal’s head of engineering and one of two people at Regal
responsible for compliance. In certification-speak, any deviation from the standard
would be a “variance” and trigger a follow-up. At the end of the inspection, the inspector turns in a written report within a week
listing any variances found. The builder then
has 30 days to respond to the NMMA with
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