Tramex Skipper Plus Moisture Meter for Wooden Boats
The Tramex SMP Skipper Plus Moisture Content Testers for Wooden Boats is a non-destructive, analog moisture meter used to detect moisture content in GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) and wooden boats. This hand-held moisture meter allows you to quickly and accurately check hulls and decks both inside and outside for trapped moisture or leaks. This is an essential tool for boat owners, yacht surveyors, or any one working in the marine industry needing to determine moisture content in a boat.
- Non-destructive detection and measurement of moisture in wooden boats, GRP boat hulls, and wooden parts
- Three ranges for detecting moisture in GRP and hardwood for saltwater and freshwater
- Locates osmosis in GRP hulls
- Moisture readings of 5% - 30% for wood and 0-100 on a comparative scale for GRP and other materials
- Confirms if boats are dry enough to paint or varnish
- Trace bulkhead or deck leaks
- Hold function to “freeze” readings
- Audible warning for areas of high moisture
Trapped moisture in any situation can lead to problems. In GRP boats, trapped moisture can lead to osmosis. While in wooden boats, trapped moisture leads to rot and decay which weakens their wooden components reducing the structural strength of the hull and overall value of the boat. Weakened areas are not always noticeable on a visual inspection, so a moisture meter can help identify areas of high moisture or even locate the source of a hidden leak so restoration can occur. Moisture meters like the Skipper Plus are also essential for monitoring the moisture content of the boat to ensure it is dry enough to be repaired properly.
The Skipper Plus has three ranges of sensitivity for detecting moisture in GRP and hardwood in both salt and fresh water. The Skipper Plus uses a nondestructive impedance measurement signal that penetrated the surface up to 1 ¼” to determine the presence of moisture.
The user has the option to select Range 1 to measure the moisture content of hardwood with readings from 5% - 30%. An audible sound will alert the user if the reading is high. This signal can be disable is desired.
Osmosis in GRP hulls can be located by using the Skipper’s deep signal penetration in Range 2 to identify the presence of moisture trapped between the glassfibre and plastic laminate that can cause blistering in the coating of the hull. Reading in this mode is taken in the comparative scale 0-100.
The Skipper Plus can be used in Range 3 to detect moisture on or just below the surface. This can be of great benefit in verifying if high moisture readings in Range 1 or 2 are a result of deep set moisture, surface moisture, or conductive coating. This range is also useful when checking if the surface is dry enough prior to painting or coating.
The Tramex Skipper is user friendly and easy to use. Simply turn the meter "on", select the range, and press the instrument firmly on to the material being tested making sure the pad is in full contact with the surface. The reading will instantly be viewed on the easy to read analog display. The hold function on the meter is useful to “freeze” a reading that would be difficult to see. After two minutes of inactivity, the meter will automatically turn off.
Tramex with over 40 years in the design and production of moisture meters has an international reputation for the highest standards in quality and innovation in a variety of industries related to moisture content in wood and concrete. When purchasing a Tramex, you are investing in quality and peace of mind for years of trouble free use.
What's in the Box?
- 9V battery
- Zipper carrying pouch
- One year warranty
Available Tramex Skipper 5 Marine Moisture Meter with Bluetooth connection to Tramex App on iOS and Android.
- All Tramex products carry a full satisfaction guarantee including a one year warranty against defects in parts & workmanship and a refund if the unit is returned, shipping pre-paid, in new condition within 21 days of original delivery. Proof of purchase is necessary
- High moisture audio warning tone that can be switched on or off
- Battery operated (included)
- Hold function facilitates ease of recording readings
- Soft rubber electrodes make direct contact without scratching
- Confirms if wooden boats are dry enough for painting or varnishing
- Trace deck and bulkhead leaks
- Identifies the presence of osmosis in GRP hulls
- Wide range of readings for wood of 5 percent to 30 percent on hardwood scale and 0 to 100 on comparative scale for GRP and other materials
- Three ranges for detecting moisture in GRP and hardwood for salt & freshwater
|Specifications:||Tramex Skipper Plus Moisture Content Testers for Wooden Boats|
|Size:||6" x 3.5" x 1.5" (150mm x 85mm x 38mm)|
|Power:||9 volt PP3 Battery (included)|
|Depth of Penetration:||Up to 1¼" (30mm)|
|Wood Moisture Content:||5 to 30 %|
|Reference Scale:||0 to 100|
Proposition 65 Warning for California Residents: This product can expose you to chemicals including Benzene, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.
|Applications:||Tramex Skipper Plus Moisture Meter for detecting moisture in GRT and Wooden Boats|
Tramex SMP Skipper Plus Boat Moisture Meter Overview
Nice to have a meter that lets me check for any wear and tear on my boat through Osmosis. This meter is easy to use, would definitely recommend it.
Tramex really knows moisture detection. the Skipper is a very easy to use, so easy a monkey could use it! Simply apply pressure to hte surface you are measing and read the needle! done and done
We like to do regular checks on the few boats we use for rentals. Been using this for quite awhile and when it was dropped and finally laid to rest it was a no brainer to pick up another one. Great analog display and it arrives very fast.
If you are thinking about buying a used boat, you need this meter! Appearances can sometimes be deceiving, but the moisture meter does not lie.
best meter ever
It comes with a few detecting ranges, works with freshwater and salt water, alarms show you areas with high moisture. We use it for repairs and to figure out, if a boat is ready to paint. I can highly recommend it.
Nothing comes close
I got the SMP a few months ago after trying a few other moister meters, and nothing was even close. Save yourself the hassle and start with the tramex
Notifies of moisture
Helped to tell if a boat I had had any issues that were created from moisture, knowing if there were any current problems that needed to be resolved.
This machine was very helpful to tell if there were any issues with moisture, like high moisture and to tell the readings for the levels of that moisture.
Its been a great help in our business. We can make sure if a boad is ready for a paint coat. It saves time and money, as you do your job only once.
Not very many available to measure on GRP so i picked it up. Amazingly simple meter to operate.