That is true. There are many regulations and voluntary standards and recommended practices. In fact, there is statistical data that only about 3% of boat damages are related to a manufacturer defect. However, let’s look at the other side of the coin. How many owners are aware of all of the standards or regulations pertaining to boats? As an example did you know that spark plug wires, alternators, starting motors, and other ignition components used in marine applications are specifically made in order to be ignition protected? The surveyor you hire to do your inspection knows this and about the other areas covered in many regulations and voluntary standards and recommended practices.