Naval Architect / Sea Survey Engineer
We, constellation Marine services
as independent ship and marine surveyors, often get
nominations from potential buyers to carry out General
superficial condition survey of FRP, GRP yachts & tugs.
Recently we got a nomination from one of our clients/potential
buyer to carry out General superficial condition survey
of 30 FT FRP yacht. Our Naval Architect/Marine Surveyor
upon receipt of instruction, arranged to attend recently
an inspection on board the subject yacht in Dubai, UAE.
LIMITATION DURING SURVEY:
The boat was observed placed on a cradle at the location of inspection. There was no crew on board. No machinery nor equipment were operated or tested during the course of the inspection.
Hull of the boat appeared constructed of the FRP Material and adequately coated. At the time of survey, the keel line in forward part of the boat was seen in broken coating to the length of approximately 15cms. Hull coating breakdown was seen in an area of approximately 3 sq.cm. Other area of the hull was seen with minimal barnacles. Slight scratch mark was observed in the starboard side aft quarter near swim platform. Rubber fendering in the aft-starboard quarter was seen damaged. Rubber packing between the window joints was seen protruding out. Aft side of the boat was found with small swim platform and foldable access ladder. Ladder was seen of stainless steel with superficial rust staining.
MAIN DECK AND DECK FITTINGS:
Access to the boat was undertaken from the aft swim platform ladder. Aft deck was observed with antiskid coating. Seating arrangement was seen with convertible arrangement table. Removable canopy was fitted in the aft deck seating area. Transom shower was fitted near the swim platform. Music speaker and light arrangements found in the aft deck.
Two filling stations were observed on the aft port and starboard side. Closing lid of the filling station was seen detached from its connection, however closing of the inlet opening was unaffected. The manoeuvring station was located at mid ship. Access to the manoeuvring station from aft deck was through the 3-panel sliding glass door. Middle panel glass was seen with colour staining. Starboard side of manoeuvring station on main deck was a designated space for cooking, with a gas cylinder provided with pipe connection leading to the cooking stove.
Forward of the main deck was the sun lounge platform seen with direct hatch access to the Main Bedroom. Stainless steel handrail was seen all around in intact condition with no visible staining. Single centre anchor arrangement was seen in the forward of the board with anchor chain compartment in clean condition. Required mooring cleats were seen fitted on the hull in intact condition.
MANOEUVRING STATION & NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT:
Manoeuvring station was fitted in the starboard side of mid ship in an enclosed cabin (upper deck). Navigation equipment was consisting of Ray marine electronic Navigation systems with GPS, mercury display gauges, electronic engine controls and Throttle controller lever. No equipment was tested for its operational condition.
UPPER DECK AND LOWER DECK ACCOMODTION SPACE:
Upper accommodation space was provided at mid ship of the boat. It was seen fitted with manoeuvring station in the starboard. Twin cooking stove and wash basin were fitted behind the manoeuvring station that can be converted to working table. Small bar and oven were fitted below the cooking stove. Adjacent to this was a music station.
Upper deck port side area was fitted with seating arrangement and foldable table. Upholstery was seen dusty with and stains. All the sides of the upper deck were enclosed with glassed window giving the good visibility all around. The screw connection of window glass was seen with cracks in port and starboard sides. One sliding glass door was seen fitted in the starboard side for access.
Day light glassed window was found with cracks at many places and a hatch opening leading to forward sun deck.
MACHINERY AND MACHINERY SPACES
Boat was fitted with two outboard engines from maker Mercury Verado 200 HP.
200HP, 147 kW
200HO; 147 kW
Boat was constructed with aft machinery space which
was seen fitted with 1 unit of generator from maker
Kohler-USA. Generator was seen of capacity 6kW (6kVA)
of single-phase output. The oil tank in the generator
was seen with a hole and oil was leaking from the container
was found blotted up by an insulation fitted in the
There were three tanks fitted on the aft machinery space, which appeared to be for Diesel Oil, Fresh Water and Wastewater. Each tank was seen with their piping and pumping arrangement. Aft most starboard of the compartment was seen with three batteries. However, access to the battery was not possible at the time of survey. Bilge of aft compartment was seen with small quantity of unpumpable water. Insulation on the panels of aft compartment top cover and lid was seen detached.
Boat was seen fitted with one Air Conditioner unit of 8000 BTU fitted below the bed in the main bedroom. Two separate thermostat controllers were seen on board the vessel one in upper deck and another in main bedroom indicative of two separate ducting from single A/C unit. Forward bilge access was seen clean and fitted with ProNautic 1230P unit for power conversion.
SURVEYORS REMARKS BASED ON ABOVE FACTS:
1. The inboard generator was seen with damage to its fluid holding tank and may need further investigation & repair and testing to measure its efficient working.
2. The air conditioning capacity of the unit was seen to be of 8000 BTU and its capacity for cooling during Arabian Gulf summer periods need to be examined.
3. Wear and tear on the window and door glass appeared as scratch damages impairing the aesthetic appeal of the boat.
4. Coating breakdown was seen over the stem keel area with the inner fibre glass structure exposed. It is recommended to be attended to prevent damage to FRP hull due to Osmosis.
5. Minor damages to the fixed fendering system in isolated areas were seen and need to be attended.