30′ SeaRay express cruiser

30 searay


Client: Removed for privacy Date of report: September 4th 2012

Our File #: 12-27668

This inspection was performed upon the request of the client listed above on August 31st, 2012 while the vessel was hauled at Shelter Island Boat Yard, 2330 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, California and while afloat at Harbor Island West Marina, Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, California. The client, his son and the broker attended.


Builder: Sea Ray
Model: 280 Sundancer
Year: 2001
Length: 29’ 10”
Draft: 3’ 5”
Beam: 9’ 2”
* Weight: *7,500 lbs.
Reg. #: Removed for privacy
HIN: Removed for privacy
Engine: Mercruiser
Name: Removed for privacy
* *McKnew Power Boat Guide


Keel & bottom: Molded fiberglass construction, coring unknown, modified V, reinforcing strakes, black anti fouling paint

Topsides & transom: Molded fiberglass construction, coring unknown, off white gelcoat finish, black and gold boot stripes

Decks & superstructure: Molded fiberglass construction, coring unknown, off white gelcoat finish, in-mold pattern nonskid decks, black and gold accent stripes

Deck hardware: Stainless steel bow and grab rails, one foredeck hatch, stainless steel anchor guide, docking cleats

Longitudinals/stringers: Fiberglass stringer system

Athwartships/bulkheads/frames: Fiberglass liner/plywood

Layout/interior components: The vessel is boarded into the cockpit via swim platform and transom door. Cockpit arrangement has fore and aft facing aft seats, helm to starboard and L shaped settee to port. Interior arrangement has the galley to starboard with dinette adjacent and v-berth forward. The head is to starboard aft with second berth aft most.

Bilge: Holding minimal standing water

Comments: The vessel was inspected while hauled and afloat. The hull bottom was visually inspected and randomly sounded. The hull bottom is in sound condition with no significant audible differences where sounded and no noticeable osmotic blisters. Anti fouling paint is exhibits isolated spots of adhesion failure and is worn through on strake edges. The hull sides and transom were visually inspected and randomly sounded. The hull sides and transom are in good condition overall and there were no significant scrapes to gelcoat surfaces but has minor scrapes on accent stripes. The deck and superstructure were visually inspected and randomly sounded. The deck and superstructure are in sound structural condition with no significant audible differences where hammer sounded and no noticeable “soft spots”. The deck hardware including safety rails, mooring devices and hatches was visually inspected and most hatches and the port lights were opened and closed. Overall the deck hardware is in good condition. The structural reinforcements including the stringers and bulkheads were visually inspected and randomly sounded. The structural reinforcements appear to be in “as-built” condition and there were no fractures or delamination of fiberglass tabbings sighted. The bilge is holding minimal standing water; the origin of the water is beyond the scope of this survey. The interior cabin spaces are neat, clean and orderly but the carpet liner is stained. The interior of the vessel is in good cosmetic condition. This survey is not a mould inspection. The condition of the coring, in the stringers, deck, and elsewhere as applicable, is beyond the scope of this inspection.

Summary: Good


Main engine: Mercruiser, model 7.4 liter MPI, 317 hours on meter, 310 hours on ECM

Engine application: Gasoline, eight cylinder, raw water cooled stern drive

Serial Number: N011008

Transmissions: Mercruiser Bravo Three

External/peripherals: 12 volt alternator, raw and circulating water pumps, power steering pump

Engine controls: Push/pull cable

Exhaust systems: Wet system, rubber bellows, cast alloy down pipes, outdrive discharge

Propulsion: Three blade counter rotating stainless steel propellers

Steering system/rudder ports: Rack and pinion with power assist, outdrive steering

Ventilation: One forced air blower and natural

Generator: Kohler, model 5E, serial # 0674710, 59-hours

Through hulls & components: Bronze through hulls with bronze ball valves

Seawater systems: Reinforced flexible hose, hose clamp connections

Bilge pumps: One electric/automatic

Comments: The engine and outdrive were visually inspected and tested while driving to haul out. The client had the engine and outdrive inspected by a mechanic, please refer to the mechanical survey report for greater detail as to the condition of the machine systems. The external surface and peripheral components of the engine exhibits isolated area of surface rust. Engine cooling systems appear satisfactory but there is moderate salt build up about the thermostat housing gasket and circulating water pump hose connections. Age of the raw water pump impeller is unknown. Engine fuel systems appear good and electrical systems appear good. The engine exhaust system appears marginal – satisfactory as there is corrosion about the riser to manifold connections and underside of manifolds about the drain fittings. The engine controls functioned normally. The outdrive appears in satisfactory condition overall with no significant corrosion sighted. Zinc anodes on the trim rams are wasted and the bonding wires broken. Bellows had significant growth at the time of inspection making determination of condition difficult but the shift cable bellows is missing the aft clamp. Propellers appear in good condition with no significant corrosion. The steering system was visually inspected and test operated. The steering system functioned normally. The engine room blower was energized and was functional. The generator was visually inspected and test run/loaded. The generator functioned normally however, there is corrosion of the mounting frame/pan, starter solenoid wire connections and ground post terminal wire connections. The through hulls were visually inspected and the valves were manipulated. The through hulls are in satisfactory condition and valves are functional. The seawater systems were visually inspected and most components were tested. Overall, the seawater systems are satisfactory condition. The electric bilge pumps were energized manually and are functional. Potable water systems include a water heater and pressure pump. The system is functional but there is moderate of salt build up at the engine’s cooling system hoses at the water heater’s connection. Waste systems include a vacuum pump and overboard discharge pump. The head pump did not energize. The overboard discharge hose for the holding tank exhibits deterioration.

Summary: Satisfactory


Fuel: *100-gallon capacity in one tank below aft berth

Fill & vent: U.S.C.G. approved hose

Feed & return: U.S.C.G. approved flexible hose, hose clamp connections

Water: *28-gallon capacity in one plastic tank forward in engine compartment

Holding: *28-gallon capacity in one plastic tank, starboard forward engine compartment

Comments: The fuel tank is installed so as to render it inaccessible for inspection without removal of cover boards. The fuel service hoses where visible appear in satisfactory condition with no significant deterioration. The condition and age of the fuel filter is unknown. The water tank appears in good condition with no noticeable leaks about components. The holding tank as visible appears satisfactory and there were no leaks sighted about hoses, pumps or connections. The condition and age of the fuel (and water) and the integrity of the tanks (fuel, water and holding) is beyond the scope of this survey. Please consider filling all tanks for a simple, practical test of their integrity. Accuracy of tank level gauges is beyond the scope of this survey.

Summary: Satisfactory


AC system: One 30-amp 125 volt in transom, 110 volt service

DC system: Two group 27 wet cell 12 volt batteries, 12 volt service, disconnect switch

Wiring: Multi-strand wire, crimp connections

Circuit protection: AC main and branch circuit breakers on distribution panel, main DC circuit breakers port cockpit locker, branch breakers interior distribution panel and starboard helm cabinet

Comments: The electrical system including the shore power cord, shore power inlet, batteries, wiring, circuitry components and circuit protection equipment was visually inspected and most components were tested. The shore power cord, inlet and connections appear good with no noticeable heat damage. 120 volt wiring and outlets appear good – excellent and outlets are equipped with GFCI protection. Battery arrangement and installation is satisfactory. The condition of the batteries is beyond the scope of this inspection however; the outboard battery was “boiling” and both are past the end of their serviceable life. DC wiring appears good – excellent. Wire terminations and connections appear good and are of crimp type connections. Over current protection for the AC and DC systems appears excellent.

Summary: Good – Excellent


Portable fire extinguishers: Three 3 lb. dry chemical units

Fixed fire system: One 1301 unit

Flotation devices: Seven type II adult PFDs, two throw cushions

Horn/distress flares: Electric horn, canister air horn, U.S.C.G. approved signal flares

Navigational/anchor lights: Port and starboard navigation, combination all-a-round stern/steaming/anchor

Anchor & ground tackle: Marlin electric windlass, plow anchor, chain and line rode

Other equipment: Jabsco remote control spotlight, windshield wiper, CO2 alarm

Comments: Safety equipment for fire fighting protection appears satisfactory however the extinguishers have not been inspected, tagged and maintained per N.F.P.A. recommendations. Personal flotation devices appear suitable for near coastal use. Distress signal flares have expired certification. The electric horn is not functional and the canister horn has no pressure. The navigational and anchor lights are properly arranged, installed and faulty as the all-a-round white light is not working and the port navigation light is not working. The ground tackle including the anchor and rode was visually inspected as installed and appear satisfactory. The entire length of the anchor rode was not inspected and should be inspected prior to use.

Summary: Satisfactory


General equipment: Xantrex True Charge 20 battery charger, Seaward 6 gallon water heater, G.E. turntable microwave, Corion counter with in-mold sink, Norcold DE-451 refrigerator/freezer, Cruisair 10,000 BTU air-conditioning, Clarion XMD1 stereo, Clarion XM665 CD changer, bimini top with camper enclosure, cockpit wet bar, fiberglass swim platform, swim ladder, engine instrumentation includes: speedometer, tachometer, oil pressure, water temperature, volt, fuel level, trim indicator, Lowrance 3500 fathometer, Ritchie compass, Raytheon Ray 210 VHF, Garmin 541S GPS


The vessel is a fiberglass production express cruiser equipped with a single stern drive gasoline engine. The current owner was not present during the inspection and vessel history was not obtained. Overall, the vessel’s hull structure appears in sound condition and machinery systems in good working order but is due for routine service. Upon completion of the recommendations, the vessel should be suitable for its intended service as a near coastal pleasure cruiser.

Overall Summary: Satisfactory – Good


ACTUAL CASH VALUE – $34,000 approx.
NEW REPLACEMENT VALUE – $165,000 approx.

The actual cash value is the value that our research approximates the selling price of this vessel should be, at the time and place of our inspection. Consideration is given to vessel’s condition, geographic location, published listings and guides, comparable sales and listings, and market conditions. The new replacement value is the cost of this or a similar, new vessel, comparably equipped. The investment is the reported investment including purchase price and significant upgrades. No values include maintenance costs, storage or tax.

Standard Form Key: All systems are rated based upon their appearance, ratings include: Not examined, Not applicable, Faulty, Marginal, Satisfactory, Good, Excellent.


These recommendations are the surveyor’s ideas and suggestions for addressing deficiencies with damaged or suspect components or systems found during survey or general improvements. The primary recommendations address safety items, structural issues, operational issues or deficiencies which the surveyor determines are of greater importance or more expense than secondary deficiencies. For instance, items that pose a risk to passenger safety or immediate property damage are listed under primary deficiencies and cosmetic concerns are addressed under secondary deficiencies. Most of the recommendations have been addressed in the comments and usually they are discussed at the time of the inspection.


1. Service/replace the engine exhaust manifolds and risers as recommended by the mechanic due to corrosion.
2. Service the thermostat housing, circulation water pump and hose connections for salt build up about gaskets and hose connections.
3. Remove surface rust from various areas of the engine; properly treat the metal and paint to arrest any further corrosion.
4. Remove corrosion from the generator mounting pan. Treat the metal and paint to arrest further corrosion.
5. Remove corrosion from the generator’s ground wire terminal post and starter relay solenoid, re-make wire connections and protect from future corrosion.
6. Reconnect the broken bonding wires on the outdrive.
7. Replace the missing clamp on the aft end of the shift cable bellows.
8. Replace wasted zincs on the outdrive trim rams.
9. Replace the outdrive bellows if/as recommended by the mechanics inspection.
10. Replace batteries as both are past their serviceable life and in poor condition.
11. Service the horn to be working or replace the portable air canister.
12. Service the all-a-round white navigation light to be working.
13. Replace the holding tank overboard discharge hose due to deterioration.
14. Repair/seal the fractures on the underside of the swim platform supports to eliminate water intrusion.
15. Have the fire extinguishers inspected, serviced and tagged as recommended by N.F.P.A.
16. Provide current distress signal flares as required by U.S.C.G.


1. The head vacuum pump did not energize; there may be a secondary switch and/or it requires service.
2. There is significant salt build-up about the water heater hose connections for the engine’s cooling system heat exchanger but there were no leaks sighted at the time of inspection.
3. Anti fouling paint has some isolated areas of failed adhesion and is worn on edges; renew bottom paint in the near future.
4. Anchor fluke ends have been ground/cut round.

This survey sets forth the condition of the vessel and components, as specifically stated only, at the time of inspection and represents the surveyor’s honest and unbiased opinion. The submitting of this report should not be construed as a warranty or guaranty of the condition of the vessel, nor does it create any liability on the part of Christian & Company or the individual surveyor. No part of the vessel was disassembled or removed and no assumptions should be made as to the condition of concealed components. Specifics were obtained from sources available at the time of inspection and are believed correct, but are not guaranteed to be accurate.

Christian & Company, Marine Surveyors, Inc.

________________________________ September 4th 2012
By: Mr. George Jarvie, Surveyor Date
S.A.M.S. – A.M.S. # 941