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Old 22-09-2015, 13:10   #1
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Survey on 1997 Beneteau 40 CC - need feedback!

Hey all!

I am looking at a beautiful 1997 Beneteau 40 Center Cockpit for liveaboard.
I plan to take this boat only to coastal waters. From the Tampa, FL area to the Bahamas is about as far as I would consider. I would not plan to cross an ocean with her.

After exchanging emails with the broker, the broker mentioned that there was a survey done a year ago. The details of the survey are below.

My main concern is with the keel. It seems that the keel was built with a stubby, but the keel is cast iron. I understand that many non-U.S. builders still use cast iron.

Anyone have any experience with a Bene of this build?
As long as the cast iron keel is ok, is it just a matter of higher maintenance than a lead keel?

I DO plan to have my own independent authorized surveyor do an inspection of the boat. This survey is just a bonus.

What do you folks think of her general condition? What concerns would you consider in this survey? What concerns do you see in general?

I am looking for folks to shoot holes in my plans, which I know folks around here are awesome at

Thanks all!

======================Begin Survey Notes==================
This is to certify that the undersigned surveyor did on June 28, 2014 at the request of <redacted>, attend the vessel <redacted> to a perform a pre-purchase condition and
valuation survey. The vessel was seen while underway and hauled at Deltaville Boatyard located in
Deltaville, Virginia.
This report is for the exclusive use of the named requester, his underwriters and lending institution on
his behalf. It may not be transferred to any other party. The estimated value is based on a brief,
general market research with consideration given to findings. It should be used for financial and
insurance purposes only.
Description of Vessel
Description Fiberglass sloop rigged sailing vessel
Builder Beneteau Yachts
Place Built St. Hillaire De Riez, France
Year 1997
Builders Hull Number BEY09070J697
Official Number 1053581
Length Overall 41 Feet 0 Inches
Beam 12 Feet 10 Inches
Draft 5 Feet 6 Inches
Gross Tons 13
Net Tons 12
Displacement 18,740 lbs.
Estimated Market Value $ 110,500
Estimated Replacement Value $ 265,000
Suitability for Intended Service Good

The hull was sighted, topsides and bottom for fairness and the sheer was sighted for true as best
possible. The hull was then examined, topsides and bottom. The interior was examined from stem to
stern where accessible. Lockers were emptied, where necessary, but there was no destructive
disassembly. Cockpit, decks and superstructure were examined where accessible without
disassembly. Mast and rigging were observed, from deck. The engine was examined both underway
and at rest, but no systematic testing was performed. Electric systems were visually examined where
accessible, but no testing was done.

Hull, Deck and Interior Construction
HULL CONSTRUCTION - The hull is comprised of a matrix of woven
roving, directional fiberglass cloth and resin. It is
reinforced by a molded fiberglass reinforced plastic hull
pan liner supported by a grid work of fiberglass frames
and longitudinals

Bottom - Fiberglass reinforced plastic
Bulkheads - 5/8” plywood
Bulkhead bonds - Fiberglass tabbing where there is no liner, otherwise
glued into grooves molded into the deck liner.
Ballast Keel - Cast Iron
Keel Bolts - Six 1 3/8 ” and three Ύ” steel bolts
Keel Support - Laminated plate in hull
Hull to Deck Bond - Inward horizontal flange which is sealed and
mechanically fastened using 3/16” stainless steel
screws spaced at six inch intervals
Comments - The bottom was closely examined for any deficiencies
that might affect the seaworthiness of the vessel. It was
then observed for blistering and percussion sounded for
delamination. No signs of blistering or delamination
were observed. However, the paint is beginning to wear
thin to the extent that a fresh coat of bottom paint
should be applied at a future haul out. The interior of the
hull was then observed, where accessible, for structural
deficiencies. Bulkheads and frames were examined for
delamination and inspected for decay or detached
bonding. All were found in good order. The keel bolts
were examined for signs of leakage, with no telltale
signs of rust streaking noted. However, the heads to
forward bolts exhibit a patina of rust as a result of water
leaks from the air condition pump and strainer. Efforts
should be taken to keep the associated area dry. Otherwise, the hull laminate, as well as all observed
bulkheads and bulkhead bonds, appears securely
constructed, and structurally sound, with no glaring
deficiencies that would keep it from sailing in protected
and coastal waters.
General Condition - Good

Decking - Reinforced fiberglass with etched nonskid
Core Material - End grain balsa and plywood
Lifelines - Ό” and 3/16” vinyl clad stainless steel wire
Stanchions - 1” tapered stainless steel
Pulpits - 1” stainless steel with a top rail located 29” above the
Bulwarks - 5” fiberglass reinforced plastic with teak cap
Scupper Drains - One 1” drain provided for each side deck
Comments - The deck and coach roof were examined for
deficiencies, as were the stanchions and lifelines. The
deck and coach roof were then percussion
sounded for delamination as well as measured for
excessive moisture with a Skipper TRAMEX moisture
meter. Overall, the decks all appeared sound, with no
evidence of significant soft spots, crazing, cracking or
other irregularities noted, with several exceptions that
bear closer scrutiny; the port deck, registered inflated
moisture values extending from the aft section of the
fixed port approximately two feet, to beneath the port
located over the galley sink. A similar area was
observed on the starboard deck, but more restricted to
Inflated Moisture Port Deck beneath the port light in the head. An additional area of
inflated moisture was measured in the aftermost area of
the hatch, aft of the cockpit. The cause of high moisture
is attributable to failure of the bedding of the flanges to
the ports and hatch. However, this phenomenon has
occurred over a period of seventeen years, with no
apparent effects to the integrity of the overall structure.
Accordingly, efforts should be taken to re-bed the ports
and hatch in the vicinity of the inflated moisture at a
future maintenance period. While loose in their sockets,
the stanchions were secure and lifelines were sound.
lifelines were sound.
General Condition - Good

Seats - Teak strips bedded in molded fiberglass reinforced
Sides - Molded Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic
Sole - Teak strips bedded in molded fiberglass reinforced
Comings - Molded Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic
Self Bailing - Yes, Two 2 Ό” drains provided
Seacocks on Scuppers - No, the drains discharge through fiberglass extrusions
incorporated in the hull structure
Latches on Lockers - Yes
Comments - Like the decks, the cockpit was examined for
deficiencies, percussion sounded for delamination, with
no deficiencies noted. The aft cockpit is provided with a
stainless steel arch which supports several navigational
aids, as well as a solar panel. The forward cockpit is
protected from the weather by canvas dodger and clear
acrylic windows, with a canvas extension, designed to
extend between forward and aft dodger, which has been
removed for storage.
General Condition - Good

Sides - Cherry veneered plywood and ceiling with numerous
cupboards and cabinets throughout
Overhead - Molded Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic
Sole - Ύ ” teak veneered plywood
Port Lights - Sealed acrylic dead lights and Lewmar acrylic port
Hatches - Lewmar aluminum framed with Lexan lenses
Hatch dogs - Reinforced plastic
CO Monitor and Smoke Detector - None noted, see comments
Comments - For the most part the interior of the cabin has been well
maintained, with no evidence of water leaks or abrasion
marks noted, with one noteworthy exception; the port
light over the aft bunk appears to be leaking to a minor
extent. While the gasket appears sound, the dog may
have not been completely latched. The port light should
be monitored. See additional comments under Fresh
Water System.
Recent cases of carbon monoxide poisoning have
highlighted the necessity to insure that gas appliances
are properly installed, and maintained on a regular basis.
Gas appliances that are incorrectly installed, faulty,
poorly-maintained, operated in a spaces too small or
inadequately ventilated, can produce deadly
concentrations of carbon monoxide Consequently it is
the opinion of this office that a CO monitor is installed.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
recently approved a first-time requirement for smoke
alarms aboard pleasure boats with sleeping quarters. It
states, “All vessels 26 feet or more in length with
accommodation spaces intended for sleeping shall be
equipped with a single station smoke alarm that is listed
to UL217 for recreational vehicles and is installed and
maintained according to the device manufacturer's
instructions “. As this is a relatively inexpensive
commodity capable of a huge safety return, it is the
opinion of this office that a smoke detector is installed
General Condition - Good

Mechanical Systems
Make & Model - Yanmar 4JH2E
Fuel - Diesel
Serial Number - 09515
Horsepower - (37.5 kW) 50 @ 3600 rpm (Countries that use kilowatts
instead of horsepower typically use a rating system
very close to SAE net horsepower. To convert kW to
SAE net hp, divide the kW value by 0.7457.
Total Hours - Reported as 1046
Engine Bed - Molded fiberglass reinforced plastic stringers
Engine Mounts - Steel vibration mounts
Cooling System - Heat exchanged
Raw Water Strainer - Vetus Plastic, see comments
Alarms - Yes
Reverse Gear - Kanzaki KM 2P – 1; Ratio 2.62:1
Comments - The engine beds were examined to insure the integrity
had not been compromised. Both stringers appeared
structurally sound. The engine was started and the head
and block observed for unusual temperature variations,
as measured by a hand held Ultra Violet remote
measuring device. All cylinders heated to within 5
degrees of one another. The vessel was then propelled
from the dock for a sea trial. Upon reaching safe water,
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the engine was run at 3672 rpm (as measured by a hand
held tachometer) for five minutes. Throughout, the
water temperature maintained 175 degrees, and the
exhaust showed no signs of burning oil, excessive water
vapor or fuel blow by. In addition, no signs of leaking
oil, loose fuel fittings or worn gasketing was detected.
The reverse gear was engaged while docking the
vessel with no apparent deficiencies The engine appears
securely mounted and no discernible vibration was
detected at the various operating speeds.
Consideration should be given to equipping the cockpit
with appropriate engine gauges, i.e., oil pressure and
water temperature, in order to forewarn of potential
engine problems prior to a catastrophe.
The raw water strainer is a plastic variety which is
susceptible to cracking. Consideration should be given
to providing a spare cover or to its replacement with a
more substantial product.
General Condition - Good

Number of tanks - One
Tank Material - 5052 aluminum
ABYC Approved - Yes
Capacity - 200 liters (52 gallons )
Satisfactory Installation - Yes
Fills Labeled - Yes
Double Clamped - Yes
Fill Location - Under step at transom
Vent Locations - Through aft cockpit coaming
Fuel feed from Tanks - Hose
Feed Line Approved - Yes, ISO 7840 A 2
Approved Valves at Feed Line - Yes, located on fuel tank
Filters - Racor R20S primary
Comments - The fuel tank is adequately supported, and placed well
above the level of the bilge. While the primary
filter is satisfactory for its intended use, it
nevertheless does not provide the operator with
the opportunity to easily change the filter cartridge
without disassembly. This could prove problematic,
given its location under the aft berth. Consideration
should be given to relocating the filter to the engine
compartment and exchanging the unit for one that
allows for filter replacement without disassembly.
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Additionally, the installation of a vacuum gauge on the
suction side of the primary filter would provide an
indication as to the status of the filter, thus allowing the
operator the ability to change the filter before it becomes
General Condition - Good

Type - Wet
Materials - Hose
Uncooled Section - Cast iron
Hose Approved - Yes
Double Clamped - Yes
Muffler - Vetus water lock
Siphon Break Loop - Yes
Comments - All exhaust terminations are tight, with no evidence of
General Condition - Good

Type - Whitlock pedestal chain and sprocket driving a
hydraulic pump which controls a hydraulic cylinder with
a Ύ” ram connected to the steel quadrant.
Rudder Stock - 2 Ύ” composite
Stuffing Tube - Yes
Quadrant Stops - Yes
Rudder - Fiberglass reinforced plastic spade rudder
How Supported - Stainless steel collar that wears upon a teflon bearing
plate mounted on the top of stuffing tube
Comments - The rudder was percussion sounded for delamination
and stock examined for excessive play, with no
structural deficiencies noted. The rudder post, stuffing
tube and hydraulic hoses were observed for evidence
of degradation or hydraulic leaks. None were found
General Condition - Good

Shaft Material - Stainless steel
Diameter - 1 Ό “
Stuffing Box - Volvo Penta Drip-less
Double Clamped - Yes
Stern Bearing - Yes, the bearing was examined for any play at the shaft,
with only minor play was noted, where it remains
serviceable and in good condition, it should be
monitored at every haul out. .
Propeller - Three blade, bronze self feathering. The feathering
components should be periodically lubricated.
General Condition - Good

Type - 12 volt blower to engine compartment; natural using
hatches and opening port lights and hatches to the
cabins. Forward reverse cycle air conditioner.
Adequate - Yes
Electrical Systems
Battery number and Voltage - Two group 24 deep cycle 12 volt lead/acid batteries
configured in parallel as two banks for engine starting
purposes; Two Interstate, 4D, deep cycle 12 volt
lead/acid configured in parallel as one bank for house
Mounting Adequate - Yes
Circuit Protection - Yes
Wiring Type - 2/0 and 2 AWG multi strand copper from batteries, 16
gauge multi strand copper or greater observed
Approved - Yes
Master Switch - Yes
Battery Charger - Sentry GS 140 40 amp, in engine compartment.
supplemented by 125W Kyocera Solar Panel
Approved - Yes
Comments - All of the wiring within the vessel is properly bundled
and identified, with no exceptions. The charger is an
older ferroresonant charger transformer, and may
overcharge the batteries in the future. Consideration
should be given to replacing the existing charger with a
Linear SCR charger.
General Condition - Good

Entry Type - Two 30 amp 125 volt
Circuit Breakers - Yes, see comments
Double Pole - Yes
Polarity Indicator - Yes
Switch Panel - Yes, see comments
Wiring Type - Multi strand copper
Approved - Yes
Shore Power Cord - Marinco, see comments
Approved - Yes
System Grounded - Yes, through the shore power connection
Galvanic Isolator - See comments
Comments - Overall the wiring within the vessel is bundled and
identified, and GFCI outlets have been provided where
necessary. However, there are several components that
bear closer scrutiny; the outlets in the galley and two
man stateroom were measured with reversed polarity
and none of the GFCI outlets appear operational. The
wiring to the outlets should be rectified and the GFCI
outlets replaced. The apparent distance between the
shore power connections and the main breakers appears
to exceed 10 feet. While installed to the standards of the
time, the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC)
now recommends, “ If the location of the main shore
power disconnect circuit breaker is in excess of 10 feet
(three meters) from the shore power inlet or the
electrical attachment point of a permanently installed
shore power cord, additional fuses or circuit breakers
shall be provided within 10 feet (three meters) of the
inlet or attachment point to the electrical system of the
boat. Measurement is made along the conductors.”
Consideration should be given to providing appropriate
breakers or fuses at a future maintenance period.
With regard to galvanic isolators, the ABYC makes the
following recommendations, “Boats with metal in
contact with water are subject to galvanic corrosion
when connected to shore power as a result of connection
to the common AC grounding conductor. This
connection will affect the vessel's cathodic protection
system. A galvanic isolator may be used to reduce these
effects.” Consideration should be given to the
installation of a galvanic isolator, if this vessel is to
remain in a marina for an extended period of time
General Condition - Fair to good

Electric / Automatic - Par diaphragm, 4.5 gpm , mounted in engine
Manual - Whale Gusher, starboard cockpit
Bilge Alarms - No, see comments.
Comments - The bilge pump was tested and proven as operational.
The design capacity of the electric bilge pumps is 270
gallons per hour, and will handle normal water
intrusion. While there is no standard regarding the
number or capacity of bilge pumps required for any
vessel, a general rule of thumb is 150 GPH/ foot.
Consequently a suggested number for a vessel of this
length is two pumps with a total capacity of 6000
gallons per hour. However, because the bilge is
extremely shallow and incapable of accommodating
pumps of large capacity, at a minimum consideration
should be given to replacing the existing pump with one
of a larger capacity.
ABYC makes the following comments regarding bilge
alarms, “On boats with enclosed accommodation areas,
consideration should be given to installing an alarm
system to indicate that the bilge water is approaching
the maximum bilge water level.”
Because the operator is normally in the cockpit, far
removed from possible calamity in the bilge, a bilge
alarm will help to identify a situation prior to its
becoming serious
Careful consideration should be given to the installation
of an additional bilge pump to work in conjunction
with a bilge alarm.
General Condition - Fair to Good

Number - Twelve
Locations - Engine Intake – Aft of engine
Stuffing box intake – Aft of engine
Aft air conditioning intake – Aft of engine
Aft Head sink/shower drain – Under sink
Aft Head Intake – Adjacent to head
Aft Head discharge – Adjacent to head
Galley sin raw water intake – Aft galley sole
Galley sink drain - Under sink
Forward AC intake – Forward galley sole
Forward Head sink/shower drain – Under sink
Forward Head Intake – Under sink
Forward Head discharge – Under sink
Type of Valves - Bronze ball valves, see comments
Double Clamped - Yes
Comments - All valves proved operational. However, we have no
way of determining the composition of the valves.
Several articles have been written regarding this issue
two of which are located here;
Essential seacock checks - Yachting Monthly
Additional information provided by Beneteau is
attached. Future efforts should be taken to determine the
composition of the valves in order to establish a
maintenance schedule.
Several of the above water through hull discharge
fittings are comprised of neoprene plastic. The effects
of UV light can, over time, degrade the integrity of
these fittings that they are no longer dependable. They
should be closely monitored at every maintenance
General Condition - Fair to Good

Navigational and Electronic Equipment
Compass - Plastimo
VHF Transceiver - Standard Horizon Nova
Fathometer - Autohelm Tridata
GPS - Garmin GPSmap545/Autohelm
Radar - Autohelm
Speed Log - Autohelm Tridata
Auto Pilot - Autohelm St 6000
Anemometer - Seth Thomas
Chronometer - Seth Thomas
Horn - None seen, see comments
Running Lights - Yes, see comments
Approved - Yes
Comments - All electronics were tested with mixed results. The
anchor light is reported as inoperative as a result of a
short. It should be repaired. The radar powered up but
was not functional. The remaining electronics\, while
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functional are somewhat dated. Care should be taken to
insure the stern light is not obstructed when hanging the
As a reminder, Federal Regulations stipulate that, “Any
vessel less than 12 meters in length may
carry a whistle or horn, or some other means to make an
efficient sound signal to signal your intentions and to
signal your position in periods of reduced visibility.”
Therefore, any vessel less than 12 meters in length is
required to make an efficient sound signal to signal
your intentions and to signal your position in periods
of reduced visibility.
General condition - Fair to Good

Cookstove Type - Force 10
Fuel - Liquid Propane Gas
System Approved - Yes
Gimbaled - Yes
Gimbal Lock - Yes
Fuel Lines - Gas hose
Fuel Storage - Dedicated locker, aft cockpit
Approved - Yes
Shut Offs - Yes, solenoid control provided at breaker panel
Regulator and Gauge - Yes
Ice Box - Insulated fiberglass reinforced plastic, with a
Frigoboat cooling system. Tested and proven as
Other - GE microwave
General Condition - Good

Type and Number - Two Jabsco manual pumps
Holding Tank - Two Polypropylene tanks, one located outboard of
settee, the other forward of forward head. See comments
Treatment Unit - No
Vent Loop - Yes
Comments - While no leak was evident in either tank, it is apparent
that the associated hoses are approaching at the end of
their useful lives, given the odiferous nature in each
head, most notably in the area of the tanks. They should
be replaced at a future maintenance period.
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The forward pump out flange is adrift and should be
As a reminder, the discharge valves must be closed and
locked in order to satisfy Federal and State Regulations
while within the three-mile limit of the Territorial Seas
General Condition - Good

Tanks - Two fiberglass reinforced plastic tanks, integral to the
hull, located under galley sole and starboard berth, with
a total reported capacity of 125 gallons,
Delivery - Shurflow 12 volt diaphragm , located in engine
Water Heater - Atwood 6 gallon, located under starboard settee
Approved - Yes
Pressure Release - Yes
Shower - Yes, Jabsco 2.8 gpm shower pumps, located under
head sinks
Comments - When filled, it is apparent that the flange associated
with the inspection plate to the aft tank leaks. The flange
and associated gaskets should be replaced. In addition
a minor leak was observed emanating for under the
water heater. This is a fair indication that tank is
approaching the end of its useful life.
General Condition - Fair to good

Number of Berths - Seven
Number of Staterooms - Two
Dinette - No
Settee - Yes
Air Condition &Heating - Two Mermaid; One 6,000 and one 16,000 btu reverse
cycle. Tested and proven as operational

General Condition - Good

Portable (No.) - Three, see comments
Type - BC size I
Location - Starboard cockpit locker
Froward cabin locker
Aft cabin locker
Comments - While the number aboard satisfy the minimum required
by Federal Regulations., careful consideration should be
given to providing one additional BC size II
extinguisher, to be available in the event of a serious
With regard to a fixed system, ABYC
recommends, “Inboard and Sterndrive boats with
engine compartments shall have either: a fixed fire
extinguishing system installed in the machinery space,
or a provision for discharging a suitably sized clean
agent portable fire extinguisher directly into the space
immediately surrounding the engine without opening the
primary access.” Consideration should be given to
providing an appropriate clean agent extinguisher.
General Condition - Fair to Good

Number of adult - Eight
Type - Six Type II and two Type I
Ring Buoys - Jim Buoy 19” ring
Man Overboard Gear - None noted
Flares - Yes, expire 8/2017
Radar Reflector - None noted, see comments
Deck Obstructions - None
Deck Surfaces - Etched non skid
Ladders - Yes
Bilges Clean - Yes
Galley - Clean and free from grease
Comments - Many of the life jackets are in plastic bags. Federal
Regulations stipulate, “All recreational boats must carry
one Type I, II, III or V PFD (wearable) for each person
aboard… Wearable PFDs must be readily accessible,
meaning you must be able to put them on in a reasonable
amount of time in an emergency (vessel sinking, on fire,
etc.). They should not be stowed in plastic bags, in
locked or closed compartments or have other gear
stowed on top.
While it is unknown as to the intended operational area
of this vessel, should it venture into coastal waters,
consideration should be given to the installation of a
radar reflector, to be employed during times of reduced
visibility Although the Convention for the Safety of
Life at Sea (SOLAS), is applicable to vessels transiting
the high seas, it worth noting that the requirement
states, “All ships irrespective of size shall have:...if less
than 150 gross tonnage and if practicable, a radar
reflector, or other means, to enable detection by ships
navigating by radar..”.
Additional consideration should be given to the
installation of a passive Automatic Identification
System (AIS) used for identifying and locating vessels
by electronically exchanging data with other nearby

Groundtackle and Deck Gear
Number one, size and type - 45 lb CQR
Number one rode - Approximately 50’ of 7/16” chain shackled to 150’
of 5/8 ” three strand nylon
Number two, size and type - None noted, see comments
Stowage - Forward pulpit
Anchor Windless - Lewmar, tested and proven as operational, and provided
with a breaker located forward od forward head
Mooring Lines - Yes
Fenders and Bumpers - Yes
Comments - The windless was tested and proven as operational.
The existing anchor and rode is suitable under normal
conditions. However, careful consideration should be
given to providing an additional anchor and rode to be
used under storm conditions or in the event that the
existing ground tackle proves ineffective or becomes
General Condition - Good

Sailing Vessel Hardware
Mast Type - Z Spar Anodized aluminum
Boom Type - Z Spar Anodized aluminum
Condition - Good
Mast Step - To reinforced frames of fiberglass reinforced plastic line
Comments - The base of the mast appeared sound, with no evidence
of corrosion or pitting

Type - Dyform Ό” and 3/8” 1 x 19 stainless steel
Terminals - Swaged stainless steel
Turnbuckles - Chromed bronze
Toggles - Stainless steel
Chainplates - Stainless steel lug on deck, supported by a Ύ ” stainless
steel rod , which in turn, is attached to a 1” stainless
steel rod that is incorporated in the hull pan liner
Comments - The standing rigging was examined for any apparent
deficiencies, where no rust streaking was evident, and
all of the observed rigging is sound.
With regard to longevity of standing rigging; Normally
ten to fifteen years is considered as an adequate lifespan.
However, that is merely a rule of thumb, and, under
prudent circumstances, the rigging could extend beyond
fifteen years. That however, requires careful vigilance
on the part of the owner. In this instance the rigging
appears sound for coastal sailing. If the vessel is to be
taken to open waters, very careful consideration should
be given to close inspection by a certified rigger
General Condition - Good

Sheets - ½” double braided polyester
Halyards - ½ double braided polyester
Blocks - Z spar
Cleats - Aluminum
Sheet Winches - Lewmar 48
Halyard Winches - Lewmar 40
General Condition - Good

Mast Furled Main and self furling 130 genoa. The main
and genoa were observed during the sea trial. Both sails
were in above average condition

These recommendations are based upon Federal and State Regulations as well as standards proposed
by the American Boat and Yacht Council in its publication Standards and Recommended Practices
for Small Craft and the National Fire Protection Association publication 302, Fire Protection
Standard for Pleasure and Commercial Craft.
1. Provide CO monitor and smoke detector to main cabin.
2. Troubleshoot and repair reversed polarity of outlets in galley and forward
3. Replace faulty GFCI outlets.
4. Troubleshoot and repair faulty wiring to anchor light.
5. Provide a sound device equivalent to the operation of the vessel.
6. Re-secure flange to forward sewage pump out.
7. Replace seal to flange of aft water tank
8. Remove life jackets from plastic wrappers. .
This survey is submitted without prejudice and has been prepared in good faith. It is a description of
the condition of the vessel as seen on the date of the survey. The surveyor assumes no responsibility
for any defects and shall be held harmless for any conditions arising. This survey does not guarantee
either expressed or implied, the condition of the above surveyed vessel.

=============================END SURVEY NOTES=============

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Old 22-09-2015, 15:31   #2
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Looks pretty good. Get a new gen anchor.

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hey, i've been looking at one myself: they've a good reputation, very solid, comfortable and good out on the ocean - the only downside is the cockpit is a bit small if you have guests - looks like a good survey as well, go for it
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5'6" draft will be limiting in the keys and some of the bahamas. Alot of the areas we have been 5ft of water. It is doable but 5ft n under give you some more options. Just my opinion. If the deal is sweet you can shorten your keep and do the lead bulb add on conversion for a few boat bucs.

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I don't know what your paying but there is a nice one at Harbor Town marina in Ft. Pierce FL around the same year for under 120k I believe? It looks to be in great shape.Might be worth a look see?
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Re: Survey on 1997 Beneteau 40 CC - need feedback!

Cast iron no problem. But keel bolts.. ??
I saw a documentary on a NW Passage expedition that disappeared in the 1850s'. They found one of the boat's Cast Iron ships bell. Still looked good shape. Only been 165 years though under water. They found another piece of cast iron on the beach, so it's been wet and dry for many decades. Still intact...
Yes 5-6 is pushing the draft for the Keys it will be quite limiting. Fine for much of the Bahamas.

Get a price reduction for the cost to repair the following: (you are probably talking a few thousand $)
1. Provide CO monitor and smoke detector to main cabin. ($300?)
2. Troubleshoot and repair reversed polarity of outlets in galley and forward
3. Replace faulty GFCI outlets. (2 and 3=$300?)
4. Troubleshoot and repair faulty wiring to anchor light. (remove mast, remove wiring, replace, reinstall mast etc =$1500?)
5. Provide a sound device equivalent to the operation of the vessel. ($1000?)
6. Re-secure flange to forward sewage pump out. $?
7. Replace seal to flange of aft water tank $?

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