34′ Cat motor vessel

34 baha cat


Client: Removed for privacy
Date of report: April 9th 2007
Our file #: 07-25606

This inspection was performed upon the request of the client listed above on April 5th 2007 while the vessel was hauled. The current owner and the broker attended.


Builder: Baha Cruisers
Model/type: Baha King Cat
Year: 1998 (model year)
Length: 34’ *
Draft: 3’ *
Beam: 11’ 9” *
Weight: 19,000 lbs. (travel lift’s scale)
* listing specifications Displacement: 12,500 lbs.
Hailing Port: San Diego, CA
Doc. #: Removed for privacy
Name: Removed for privacy
HIN: Removed for privacy
Engine # & MFG.: (2) Yanmar


Keel & bottom: Molded fiberglass construction, unknown core – reportedly solid single skin, catamaran

Topsides & transom: Molded fiberglass construction, unknown core – reportedly solid single skin, white

Decks & superstructure: Molded fiberglass construction, unknown core, white with red, gray and black pin stripes

Deck hardware: Bow rail, cleats, foredeck hatch

Longitudinals/stringers: Fiberglass engine bearers

Athwartships/bulkheads/frames: Plywood bulkheads

Layout/interior components: Catamaran with cockpit aft, engines under raised cockpit deck hatches, helm to starboard forward with bench seat aft, door to cabin to port, berths on either side, head to port forward, galley to starboard forward.

Bilge: Holding moderate water

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 age of the anti-fouling paint is unknown. There is localized bottom paint failure. There are dings of approximately 1” diameter on both hulls’ leading edges. There are scrapes to the gelcoat on both hulls forward and outboard. This damage was reportedly caused by the trailer which transported the vessel from New Jersey to California. The hull sides and transom were visually inspected and randomly sounded as possible while the vessel was hauled. The hull sides and transom are in good structural condition. There are small dings about the port hull forward. There is a ding in the starboard transom corner. There is impact damage on the port corner of the swim platform. The platform’s lower set screws (3 & 4) are not well secured and a fastener is missing from the starboard inboard platform support at the transom. The deck and superstructure were visually inspected and randomly sounded. The deck and superstructure are in good structural condition. There are stress cracks on the foredeck at the radius between the deck and the superstructure. There is no hailing port displayed on the vessel. The documentation number is not displayed on the vessel. The cockpit deck hatch’s caulking is failing and leaks through the port aft hatch are visible. There are a few cracks visible in the superstructure including by the starboard vent fitting, by the VHF radio (where a repair was also performed previously) and by the port cockpit speaker. There is a minor amount of water in the locker below the lower helm console. The deck hardware including safety rails, mooring devices and hatches was visually inspected and most hatches were opened and closed. The deck hardware is in good condition. The port engine hatch hinge is missing fasteners. The bait tank is cracked and leaking water. The port aft and starboard forward deck hatches have no handles. The starboard grab rail mounted on the hard top is bent. The structural reinforcements including the engine bearers, longitudinal stringers and bulkheads were visually inspected and randomly sounded. There is minor deterioration at the bulkhead just forward of the batteries. Overall the structural reinforcements are in “as-built” condition. The interior cabin spaces are neat and orderly. There are numerous stains on the interior of the vessel including in both cabins. The stains in the cabin are indicative of leaks into the vessel. There is brown “staining” on some of the upholstery, but not all. The significance and cause of this “staining” is beyond the scope of this survey and this limitation was discussed with the client. The vessel was once registered in Florida, the current owner purchased the vessel in New Jersey before transporting it to San Diego. The bilge is holding moderate water, the bilge pumps cycled repeatedly during the survey and sea trial.

Summary: Satisfactory – Good


Main engines: Two Yanmar, model 4LH-STE, 169 KW @ 3300 rpms

Engine application: Diesel inboard, 4-cylinders, freshwater cooled, turbocharged, after cooled, 283 & 280 per the hour meters

Serial Numbers: S – 51389, P – 51392

Transmissions: Velvet Drive model 20-01-R04, Port serial number A1211, starboard tag not accessible

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

Engine controls: Push/pull cables, dual lever controls, tower and
lower stations  Exhaust systems: Wet system, flexible hoses, transom discharges at the waterline

Propulsion gear/shaft logs: Dripless shaft seals, 18 x 22 3-blade bronze counter rotating propellers, one bronze strut per shaft, 1 ½” diameter stainless steel propeller shafts

Steering system/rudder ports: Seastar hydraulic system, bronze packing glands, bronze rudders, tower and lower stations

Ventilation: Natural

Generators: None

Through hulls & components: Bronze through hulls (apparently), Marelon ball valves

Location of through hulls as visible in travel lift slings: Port – one aft with external screen, one aft of amidships with external screen, one aft of amidships, transducer aft of amidships, dynaplate aft of amidships, Starboard – one aft of amidships with external screen, two transducers and one aft of amidships

Seawater systems: Reinforced hoses, single and double clamped connections

Bilge pumps: Two Rule 1100 submersible electric/automatic forward of each engine, two Rule 1100 submersible electric/automatic aft in both hulls, two Rule 1000 electric/automatic submersible in cabin

Comments: The engines and transmissions were visually inspected and the vessel was taken on a sea trial during the survey. This survey is not a mechanical survey; the benefits of a mechanical survey were discussed with the client. Please refer to the mechanical survey report, if performed, for greater detail as to the condition of the machine systems. The external surfaces and peripheral components of the engines and transmissions appear satisfactory. The engines were started cold and started quickly. With the vessel loaded with people, wide-open throttle was approximately 3550 rpms and top speed was 20-knots. At slightly lesser load, the engine rpms reached 3750 and 3500 with the top speed of 21.3-knots. The vessel operated at 3200-rpms with 16-knots with a full load and 17-knots with a lesser load. The designed top end rpm is 3300-rpms. The smoke opacity appears normal. The transmission controls are stiff. The port throttle cable has its inner cable exposed at the engine end. The exhaust system was visually inspected and appears satisfactory. There is a leak at the port engine’s exhaust hose to metal tube connection. There is corrosion on the metal tube and stains below the leak. The engines are not equipped with internal sea strainers. The propulsion components including the propellers, propeller shafts, struts and shaft seals were visually inspected as installed. The propulsion components are in good condition. The shaft seals are covered with metal guards, and are very difficult to inspect. There is water accumulated about the port shaft seal, possible indicative of a leak. The steering system was visually inspected and test operated. The steering is extremely stiff at the tower. The port rudder exhibits pitting near the top of the blade, the rudders are misaligned and the port rudder exhibits excessive play. There are small spots of corrosion on the struts. There are “grind marks” on the starboard strut and at least one on the starboard propeller. The through hulls and related components were visually inspected as possible. The external screens prevented inspection of the through hulls, which are covered. The bait and wash down intake through hull exhibits corrosion on the interior of the hull. I could not move the head intake or bait/wash down through hull valves. The seawater systems were visually inspected and test operated. The raw water wash down system is leaking into the bilge. The seawater systems appear properly arranged and installed. The head valve “wet bowl/dry bowl” is loose and leaking. The bilge pumps were energized with their float switches and all are functioning normally.

Summary: Satisfactory – Good


Fuel: Two 108-gallon aluminum tanks in aft bilge

Fill & vent: Flexible hoses, mostly inaccessible

Feed & return: Flexible hoses, Racor fuel/water separator filters

Water: Starboard – not seen, 47-gallon capacity *

Holding: Port – not seen, 30-gallon capacity *

Comments: The fuel system including the tanks, fill, vent, feed and return lines was visually inspected as possible. Where visible the fuel tanks are in satisfactory 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. Please consider filling all tanks for a simple, practical test of their integrity. It is difficult to see through the Racor bowls, there is paint on the bowls and their location is difficult to access and there may be sediment in the fuel. The water pressure system functioned normally. The water and holding tank are apparently below the berths. The covers are fastened down are were not removed for inspection.

Summary: Satisfactory – Good


AC system: One 30A/125V inlet to starboard, shore power cord, 110/120-volt system

DC system: Three 12V wet cell batteries forward of port engine, 12-volt system

Wiring: Two battery switches by batteries

Circuit protection: Fuses by batteries, G.F.C.I. outlet, main distribution panel to starboard in cabin with main AC & DC circuit breakers and branch AC & DC circuit breakers

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 test operated. Overall, the electrical system appears satisfactory but there are numerous deficiencies, which the current owner could not explain. The shore power inlet is loose. The GPS antenna is cracked. Only one of the trim tabs is functional. The display on the VHF radio is “foggy”. The spotlight is inoperative. The stereo is inoperative. The light at the lower helm station is inoperative. There are unlabeled fuses forward of the batteries. The cabin lights are inoperative. There is no latch on the refrigerator. A toggle switch in the head has no known function. One of the stove’s burner is inoperative. The inverter is apparently inoperative. The condition of the batteries is beyond the scope of this survey.

Summary: Satisfactory


Portable fire extinguishers: Dry chemical by helm – 2005, two dry chemical units in cabin – 2005

Fixed fire system: None

Flotation devices: Life ring, five type II adult, one type III child

Horn/distress flares: Electric horn, current flares aboard

Navigational/anchor lights: Separate side lights, all around light

Anchor & ground tackle: 13 lb. Hooker with chain and line rode, grappling hook style with rode

Other equipment: 406 MHz EPIRB with current battery and hydrostatic release CO alarm

Comments: Fire protection for fire fighting protection is satisfactory. Flotation devices appear satisfactory. The electric horn is functional. Current distress signal flares are aboard. The navigational and anchor lights are properly arranged and installed and the all around light is inoperative. The ground tackle including the anchors and rode was visually inspected and appears marginal. The vessel is not equipped with a windlass. The lower compass is dry. The EPIRB has a current battery. The carbon monoxide alarm sounded when its test button was pushed.

Summary: Satisfactory


Navigational & operational electronics: Tower – Robertson APII autopilot, Ritchie compass, Lower – Garmin 3010C GPS map, Robertson APII autopilot, Raytheon ST60 depth, ICOM IC-M127 VHF, Ritchie compass not installed, ICOM IC-M45 VHF, Furuno FCV-582L color LCD sounder

General equipment: Fiberglass swim platform with boarding ladder, transom grab rail, raw water wash down, bait pump, three windshield wipers, cockpit floodlights, tuna tower with helm, seat and sunshade, single spreader outriggers, trim tabs, tower stereo remote, engine instrumentation includes two tachometers, two volts, two oil and two temperature, two fuel level gauges, remote controlled spotlight, cockpit bench seat, pedestal helm chair, back to back passenger chairs, Sony XR-CA350X stereo battery isolator, manual waste discharge pump, rocket launcher rod holders, Guest 2632 battery charger, Force 1500 inverter, manual head, head sink, Welbilt microwave oven, 2-burner electric stove, AC & DC voltmeter, Norcold DE-351D refrigerator, galley sink, Sony CDX-606 CD changer


The vessel is a fiberglass motor vessel equipped with two diesel engines. The vessel is apparently manufactured in Mayo, Florida and was once registered in Florida. The current owner purchased the vessel approximately one year ago in New Jersey and he had it shipped to San Diego on a truck. The current owner disclosed that the autopilot is not properly functional and a fish finder is not installed. The current owner disclosed no other significant defect with the vessel or any knowledge of any significant events, such as submersions, collisions, fires etc… The vessel is basically structurally and mechanically sound and suitable for its intended use as a coastal cruising and fishing vessel.

Overall Summary: Satisfactory – 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. Service and prove the lower compass properly functional or replace the compass.
2. Service and prove the all around light (anchor and navigation) properly functional.
3. Display the hailing port and the documentation number per federal regulations.
4. Repair the bait tank to eliminate the leak.
5. Re-caulk the deck hatches to prevent water from leaking into the bilge from the deck.
6. Eliminate the minor deterioration at the bulkhead forward of the batteries.
7. Reinstall the fastener missing from the starboard inboard swim platform connection to the transom.
8. Secure the shore power inlet.
9. Prove the cabin lights and the light at the lower helm properly functional.
10. Service to eliminate the leak at the port engine’s exhaust hose connection, address corrosion and clean stains to allow detection of any future leaks.
11. Consider installing internal sea strainers for the engines.
12. Replace the port engine’s throttle cable if/as necessary as a result of the exposed wire at the engine end of the cable.
13. Service to eliminate the leaks from the raw water wash down system.
14. Modify the propellers or otherwise address the apparent rpm condition on both engines, assure the engines turn to their designed wide-open throttle.
15. Service the transmission controls as they are stiff.
16. Service the steering system and prove it properly functional at both stations.
17. Determine if the shaft seals are leaking and address appropriately.
18. Service the steering system including aligning the rudders, eliminating the play in the port rudder and addressing the pitting on the port rudder as necessary.
19. Modify as necessary to allow the fuel filter sight bowls to be visible, clean the fuel filter bowls and fuel as necessary.
20. Free-up and prove the bait/wash down and head intake through hull valves properly functional or replace the valves.
21. Inspect the through hulls, particularly the bait/wash down through for corrosion and replace if/as necessary.
22. Service and prove the inoperative trim tab properly functional.


1. Service and prove the head properly functional, the wet/dry bowl valve is loose and leaking.
2. Provide galvanic corrosion protection for the struts.
3. Repair the minor dings on the leading edges of both hulls and the scrapes to the gelcoat forward on both hulls.
4. Repair the localized bottom paint failure as necessary.
5. Repair the minor damage about the exterior of the vessel including the port swim platform corner cracks, small dings on the port forward hull and the ding in the starboard transom corner as desired.
6. Provide and install lifting handles for the port aft and starboard forward cockpit deck hatches.
7. Provide and install missing fasteners for the port engine hatch hinge.
8. Repair the cracks about the superstructure including by the starboard vent fitting, by the VHF radio and by the port cockpit speaker.
9. Monitor the stress cracks in the radius between the foredeck and the cabin and repair if/as necessary.
10. Eliminate the water accumulated in the locker below the console.
11. Repair the cracked GPS antenna or replace as necessary.
12. Service the VHF radio which has a “foggy” display as desired.
13. Service and prove the spotlight properly functional.
14. Service and prove the stereo and CD properly functional.
15. Label the unlabeled fuses forward of the batteries.
16. Provide and install a latch on the refrigerator.
17. Service and prove the inoperative burner on the stove properly functional.
18. Service and prove the inverter properly functional.
19. Clean the stains from the upholstery on the interior of the vessel in the main saloon and in both cabins, service to eliminate the cause of these stains particularly with respect to leaks through the deck.
20. The following components were not tested or operated: flybridge stereo remote control, flybridge electronics, manual waste pump, below berths, toggle switch in head.

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.

By: Mr. Kells Christian, Surveyor