31′ Albin power boat



Client: Removed for privacy
Date of report: November 20th 2009

Our file #: 09 – 26701

This inspection was performed upon the request of the client listed above on November 18th 2009 while the vessel was hauled at XXXX San Diego, California and while afloat behind the XXXX, X San Diego, California and Mr. XXXX and his broker attended.


Builder: Albin Doc. #: XXXX
Model/type: Albin 31
Year: 2004 (model year)
Engines: Two Yanmar
Length: 31’ *
Name: “XXXX”
Draft: 3’ 10” *
Hailing Port: XXXX, CA
Beam: 12’ 4” * Weight: 19,000 lbs. (travel lift’s scale)
* listing specifications Displacement: 12,500 lbs. *


Keel & bottom: Molded fiberglass construction, unknown core, modified V-shape, three lifting strakes per side, keel stops before propeller exits, hard chines, black anti-fouling paint

Topsides & transom: Molded fiberglass construction, unknown core, blue with red boot stripe, gold pinstripe accent stripe

Decks & superstructure: Molded fiberglass construction, unknown core, off white with blue pinstripes, nonskid particle deck surface

Deck hardware: Stainless steel bow rail, chocks and cleats forward, two sets of cleats amidships, cleats aft foredeck hatch, grab rails

Longitudinals/stringers: Fiberglass encased, unknown core

Athwartships/bulkheads/frames: Balsa cored bulkhead (forward), other bulkheads material unknown

Layout/interior components: Aft cockpit, walk around decks, double hinged doors between cockpit and cabin, enclosed cabin has bench to port and helm to starboard, engines below cabin, down and forward through companionway is cabin with berth aft, galley area to port, head to starboard aft and convertible dinette forward

Bilge: Holding coolant

Comments: The vessel was inspected while hauled and afloat. The hull bottom was visually inspected and randomly sounded. The hull bottom is in good structural condition. The anti-fouling paint is thin. The vessel has a slight list to starboard. The hull sides and transom were visually inspected and randomly sounded. The hull sides and transom are in good structural and satisfactory cosmetic condition. The gelcoat is oxidized. The deck and superstructure were visually inspected and randomly sounded. The deck and superstructure are in good structural and cosmetic condition. The deck hardware including safety rails, mooring devices and hatches was visually inspected and most hatches and several port lights were opened and closed. Overall the deck hardware is in good condition. The foredeck hatch’s starboard latch is loose and possibly broken. The structural reinforcements including the stringers and bulkheads were visually inspected and randomly sounded. The structural reinforcements appear to be in “as-built” condition. The bilge is holding green coolant. The coolant appears to be from the generator as the engine’s coolant is red. The interior cabin spaces are neat, clean and orderly. The interior of the vessel is in good cosmetic condition. This survey is not a mould inspection. We could not convert the dinette into a berth. We did not locate the water heater; it is apparently located below the dinette table.

Summary: Good


Main engines: Two Yanmar, model 6LFA-STP, 188 KW continuous, 232 KW max, 315 hp *, engine hours per the meters – 356 and 361

Engine application: Diesel, inboard, 6-cylinders, turbocharged, after cooled

Serial Numbers: P – M53005, S – 53013

Transmissions: ZF model 63A-2.0, ratio A=2.04 B=2.02, Port serial number ?1271M, Starboard serial number 24888M

External/peripherals: Suitable application, satisfactory installation, remote plastic coolant reservoirs

Engine controls: Push/pull cables, single lever controls

Exhaust systems: Wet system, flexible hoses, transom discharges

Propulsion gear/shaft logs: Bronze shaft tubes, bronze struts, dripless shaft seals, 20 x 20 4-blade bronze counter rotating propellers, 1.75” diameter stainless steel propeller shafts

Steering system/rudder ports: Hydraulic system, bronze rudders, bronze packing glands, single actuator, single station

Ventilation: Two engine room blowers

Generator: Northern Lights, model M673L.3, serial number 6732-31884C, 30.5-hours on meter

External/peripherals: Suitable application, satisfactory installation, sound box

Through hulls & components: Bronze through hulls, bronze sea cocks, bonded

Location of through hulls as visible in travel lift slings: Port – transducer amidships, three aft with screens, Starboard – three aft (two with screens), one amidships (with screen)

Seawater systems: Reinforced hoses, double clamped connections

Bilge pumps: Electric/automatic aft, manual pump to starboard forward in cockpit, electric/automatic to forward in engine room, electric automatic in cabin

Comments: The engines and transmissions were visually inspected and tested to and from the boat yard. No sea trial was performed. The client had the engines and transmissions inspected by a mechanic, please refer to the mechanical survey report for greater detail as to the condition of the machine systems. The external surfaces and peripheral components of the engines and transmissions appear satisfactory. There is corrosion outboard on the port engine. The engine controls functioned normally. The exhaust system is properly arranged and installed. There is soot about the starboard engine’s exhaust elbow. There are rust stains below exhaust components near the transom, more significantly to starboard. The propulsion components including the propellers, propeller shafts, struts and shaft seals were visually inspected. The propellers were percussion tested and spun with a fixed object adjacent to the blades. Overall the propulsion components are in satisfactory – good condition. The space between the struts and the propellers is larger than the “rule of thumb” (1.5” x the diameter of the shaft). The zinc anodes on the rudders and propeller shafts are at the end of their service lives. The steering system was visually inspected and test operated. The steering system functioned normally. The engine room blowers were energized. The generator was visually inspected, test operated and loaded. The generator functioned normally. There is very limited accessibility to the generator. The raw water supply hoses are cracked and at the end of their service lives. The generator started slowly and labored during startup. The through hulls were visually inspected and the valves were manipulated. The through hulls are in good condition. The seawater systems were visually inspected and most components were tested. Overall, the seawater systems are in satisfactory – good condition. The electric bilge pumps were energized with their float switches. The manual bilge pump was not tested.

Summary: Good


Fuel: 300 gallon * capacity in metal tank in forward cockpit bilge, apparently one tank (no tank diagram)

Fill & vent: Deck fills – gunnels on each side of cockpit

Feed & return: Racor fuel filters, flexible hoses, valves by filters
Water: Deck fill to starboard amidships, 66-gallon aluminum tank below aft berth

Holding: 20-gallon capacity * in plastic tank in starboard lazarette, deck fitting to starboard aft

Comments: The fuel system including the tank(s), fills, vent, feed and return lines was visually inspected as installed. There are two fills but only one tank; there is no plumbing diagram to determine specification details. Where visible the fuel system components are in good condition. 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. There is corrosion externally on the Racor filters. The fuel level gauges are inoperative. Please consider filling all tanks for a simple, practical test of their integrity. The water pressure system functioned normally. There is low pressure at the transom shower and minimal pressure at the interior shower. The accuracy of tank level gauges is beyond the scope of this survey.

Summary: Good


AC system: Two 30A/125V shore power inlets to port in cockpit, shore power cord, 110/120-volt system

DC system: Three 8D and one group 31 12 volt wet cell batteries in secure, covered box between engines, battery switch by generator, three battery switches below electrical distribution panel, 12-volt system

Wiring: Multi-strand wires

Circuit protection: Main distribution panel to starboard forward of helm has main AC & DC circuit breakers, branch AC & DC circuit breakers, AC & DC voltmeters, AC & DC ammeters

Comments: The electrical system including the shore power cord, shore power inlets, batteries, wiring, circuitry components and circuit protection equipment was visually inspected and most components were tested. Overall the electrical system is in good condition. The condition of the batteries is beyond the scope of this inspection. A light to port in the aft bilge is inoperative. The windlass is not functional. There is a gray grid that displays on the chart plotter at certain ranges. There is an error message on the autopilot, “no pilot”.

Summary: Good


Portable fire extinguishers: Two dry chemical units – 2004

Fixed fire system: None

Flotation devices: One type IV cushion, four type II
Horn/distress flares: Expired flares, electric horn

Navigational/anchor lights: Separate sidelights, combination steaming/anchor light

Anchor & ground tackle: 15 KG SL claw anchor with chain and line rode

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 satisfactory for near coastal use. Current distress signal flares are not aboard. A suitable sound signaling device was seen. The navigational and anchor lights are properly arranged, installed and functional. The ground tackle including the anchor and rode was visually inspected as installed and appears satisfactory. The entire length of the anchor rode was not inspected and should be inspected prior to use. There is no secondary anchor or rode aboard the vessel.

Summary: Satisfactory


General equipment: Transom door, fiberglass swim platform, transom shower, transom locker, transom bait well, cockpit courtesy lights, saltwater wash down, internal sea strainers, electric waste discharge pump, boarding ladder, bow plank with anchor roller, outriggers, three windshield wipers, radar arch with rod holders, two below deck fish boxes, bilge and engine room lights, saloon sink, Nova Kool F2600 PS 110 freezer, Isotherm model 1006502 12-24V 42W refrigeration, ProMariner Protech-4 battery charger, helm chair, ICOM IC-M302 VHF, trim tabs, Raymarine RL80C pathfinder plus radar/chart plotter/sounder, engine instrumentation includes two tachometers with hour meters, two oil, two volts and two temperature, two fuel level gauges, Ritchie Powerdamp compass, water level gauge, water pressure pump with accumulator tank, Isotherm 1004202 12-24V 42W refrigerator, toaster oven, Origo microwave oven, coffeemaker, galley sink, two burner electric stove, sump pump and collector, vacuum type head, Tank Watch 4 holding tank level indicator, opening port lights, flat screen TV, Sony stereo/CD, DVD player, Marine Comfort Systems air-conditioner, various covers


The vessel is a fiberglass motor vessel equipped with two diesel inboard engines and a diesel generator. The ownership and maintenance history was not obtained. No disclosure statement was obtained regarding any known problems with the vessel or any significant events in the vessel’s history, such as submersions, collisions, fires etc… The vessel is basically structurally and mechanically sound. The vessel is suitable for its intended purpose as a near coastal cruising and fishing vessel.

Overall Summary: Good



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.


1. Maintain the fire extinguishers per N.F.P.A. recommendations.
2. Provide federally required, approved and current distress signal flares.
3. Provide a secondary anchor and rode for use in two anchor situations or emergencies.
4. Replace the raw water hoses for the generator. The existing hoses have external cracks and are at the end of their service lives.
5. Replace the zinc anodes on the propeller shafts and rudders.
6. Clean the coolant from the bilge, determine the source of the coolant. Service to eliminate any leaks.
7. Service to eliminate the exhaust leak near the starboard engine’s exhaust elbow, clean the soot to allow detection of any future leaks. Inspect the port engine’s exhaust system to prevent a similar condition.
8. Determine the cause of the corrosion/rust outboard on the port engine, service to eliminate the source, address any damage, clean and paint to allow detection of any future leaks.
9. Determine why the generator started slowly and labored. Address to eliminate this condition.
10. Service and prove the windlass functional.
11. Service and prove the autopilot functional.
12. Determine why the gray grid displays on the chart plotter at certain ranges and eliminate this condition.


1. Modify the shower and transom shower fixtures’ water pressure as desired.
2. Clean corrosion on the Racor filters, service to eliminate leaks onto the filter.
3. Service and prove the fuel level gauges properly functional.
4. Service and prove the light to port in the lazarette bilge functional.
5. Repaint the hull bottom.
6. Determine why the vessel has a list to starboard and address as desired.
7. Repair the starboard latch for the foredeck hatch.
8. Assure that the dinette can convert to a berth properly.
9. The amount of propeller shaft between the propeller and the strut is larger than the “rule of thumb”, consider researching to determine if any significant deficiency exists and address appropriately.
10. Determine the source of the rust stains below the exhaust hoses in the lazarette, service to eliminate the cause and clean rust stains to allow detection of any future weeps or leaks.
11. The following components were not tested or inspected: TV, DVD, trim tabs, sump pump.
12. The water heater was not seen, it is apparently located under the dinette table.
13. There is silicone visible below the rub rail, the significance and reason for the silicone is beyond the scope of this survey, but logically may be related to leaks.

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.

_______________________________ November 20th 2009
By: Mr. Kells Christian, Surveyor Date
S.A.M.S. – A.M.S. # 301