40′ Benneteau sailboat



Client: Removed for privacy “RP”
Date of report: September 4th 2009
Our File #: 09-26632

This inspection was performed upon the request of the client listed above on September 2nd 2004 while the vessel was hauled at XXXX, San Diego, California and while afloat in XXXX, San Diego, California and “RP” and the broker attended.


Builder: Beneteau
Doc. #: “RP”
Model/type: Beneteau 40.7
Hailing Port: “RP
Name: “RP
Year: 2000 (model year)
Engine: Volvo-Penta MD2030 CBI
Length: 39’ 3” * ”
Draft: 7’ 9” * ”
Beam: 12’ 3” *
Weight: 22,000 lbs. (travel lift’s scale)
* Listing specifications


Keel & bottom: Molded fiberglass construction, unknown core, fin keel, external bolt on ballast, spade rudder, black anti-fouling paint

Topsides & transom: Molded fiberglass construction, unknown core, white gelcoat finish, gray accent stripes, gray graphics

Decks & superstructure: Molded fiberglass construction, unknown core, white gelcoat, off white pattern nonskid

Deck hardware: Stainless steel bow and stern rails, double stainless steel wire life lines, six alloy mooring cleats, three stainless steel grab rails, stainless steel bow anchor roller, four Lewmar deck hatches, six Lewmar opening port lights.

Longitudinals/stringers: Fiberglass hull liner construction, unknown core

Athwartships/bulkheads/frames: Plywood construction

Layout/interior components: Aft cockpit, center companionway, engine below cockpit, port and starboard aft staterooms, navigation station starboard, galley to port, main saloon forward, head starboard, V-berth in bow.

Bilge: Holding minimal water

Comments: The vessel was inspected while hauled and afloat. The hull bottom and keel were visually inspected and randomly sounded. The hull bottom and keel are in good structural condition however the anti-fouling paint is near the end of its service life. The paint is failing on the keel and the rudder. There were several small scrapes seen on the keel bottom. The hull sides and transom were visually inspected and randomly sounded. The hull sides and transom are in good – satisfactory condition though several small scrapes/scratches were seen on the port and starboard topsides. The deck and superstructure were visually inspected and randomly sounded. The deck and superstructure are in good structural and satisfactory cosmetic condition. The wood toe rail is in need of bright work. There are scratches inboard of the jib leads on the cabin house on both port and starboard sides. The latch is missing on the starboard cockpit lazarette. 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 satisfactory condition. Several stanchions are loose. Most of the port light lenses are UV damaged and crazed. The structural reinforcements including the hull liner and bulkheads were visually inspected. The structural reinforcements appear to be in “as-built” condition. The interior cabin spaces are neat, clean and orderly. The interior of the vessel is in marginal – satisfactory cosmetic condition. Mould was seen in the head area as well as the V-berth in several locations aft. The interior cabinetry has been water stained and has been used heavily. The interior woodwork is worn and UV damaged. The plywood supporting the V-berth in the bow is cracked. The locker located below the head sink exhibits significant mould. The cabinet door in the head does not close. The mirror in the head is spotted and has been damaged from some chemical. A floorboard support in the galley area is broken. The latches for the drawers in the navigation and galley areas do not latch closed. The engine cover latch does not function. This survey is not a mould inspection. The bilge is holding minimal water. The origin of the water is beyond the scope of this survey.

Summary: Satisfactory – Good


Main engine: Volvo-Penta, 1245.6 hours on engine hour meter

Engine application: Diesel, 3-cylinders, freshwater cooled, inboard engine with sail drive propulsion

Serial Number: 666819

Transmissions: Volvo-Penta sail drive with serial # 101102540 (difficult to read)

External/peripherals: Fuel/water separator, raw water strainer

Engine controls: Single lever push/pull cable control

Exhaust systems: Flexible hoses, double stainless steel hose clamp connections, muffler, starboard transom discharge

Propulsion gear: Volvo sail drive, Volvo-Penta folding bronze 2-blade propeller, 11 x 16 2406 with serial # 3588510

Steering system/rudder port: Wheel steering Spectra line/quadrant control, stainless steel rudder tube, rudder shaft seal not visible, fiberglass encased rudder, unknown core

Ventilation: Natural/blower

Generators: N/A

Through hulls & components: Bronze through hull fitting and bronze ball valves

Location of through hulls as visible in travel lift slings: Port – speed transducer, one aft of keel, starboard – depth transducer, one aft of engine, three forward head area

Seawater systems: Flexible hoses, double stainless steel hose clamp connections

Bilge pumps: One electric pickup located in keel sump, motor located below starboard settee

Comments: The engine and transmission were visually inspected and tested during a sea trial. The vessel was taken on a brief sea trial from the vessel’s slip to the boat yard. The client intends to have the engine, transmission and related machine systems inspected by a mechanic. Please refer to the mechanical survey report for greater detail as to the condition of the engine and related machine systems. The external surfaces and peripheral components of the engine and transmission appear good. The engine controls functioned normally. The exhaust system is properly arranged and installed. The propulsion components including the propeller and propeller shaft were visually inspected. The propeller was percussion tested and spun with a fixed object adjacent to the blades. The propeller shaft was manipulated in the sail drive unit and observed while underway. Overall the propulsion components are in satisfactory condition. The two engine mounts exhibit significant to moderate corrosion and the bushings appear worn. The steering system was visually inspected and test operated. The steering system functioned normally. The engine room blower was energized. The through hulls were visually inspected and the valves were manipulated. The through hulls are in satisfactory condition. The seawater systems were visually inspected and most components were tested. Overall, the seawater systems are in satisfactory condition as installed by the manufacturer. The electric bilge pump was energized using its float switch. The manual bilge pump was not tested.

Summary: Good


Fuel: One plastic tank, unknown capacity, located below starboard aft bunk

Fill & vent: Flexible hoses, double stainless steel clamp connection

Feed & return: Flexible hoses, single stainless steel hose clamp connections, fuel shutoff valve located in port stateroom

Water: One plastic tank with unknown capacity located below port settee seat, one plastic tank with unknown capacity located below starboard settee seat

Holding: One plastic tank with unknown capacity located below sink cabinet in head compartment

Comments: The fuel system including the tanks, fill, vent, feed and return lines was visually inspected as installed. 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. Please consider filling all tanks for a simple, practical test of their integrity. The water pressure system functioned normally. The water heater functioned normally. A waste odor was noticed in the interior of the vessel. The head was briefly tested and did not function properly. It is possible that the holding tank is full. The holding tank is covered with mould. Accuracy of tank level gauges is beyond the scope of this survey.

Summary: Satisfactory


AC system: 30-amp 12V system, one inlet located starboard on transom

DC system: 12V system, two wet cell batteries located forward of the engine

Wiring: Multi-strand marine grade cables, crimp on and mechanical type connections

Circuit protection: AC main and branch circuit breaker protection, DC branch circuit breaker protection

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. Overall the electrical system is in good condition as installed by the manufacturer. The batteries are not currently secured in plastic vented boxes as recommended by A.B.Y.C. The 110V outlets were randomly tested. The 110V outlets functioned properly. The condition of the batteries is beyond the scope of this inspection. The reading light located in the aft starboard cabin did not function. The mast mounted deck light is missing its bulb and did not function. The anchor light was not visible.

Summary: Good


Portable fire extinguishers: Four dry chemical units with expired certification

Fixed fire system: N/A

Flotation devices: Six type I adult, two type III child, one horseshoe buoy, one type II

Horn/distress flares: Expired flares seen, sound signaling device not sighted

Navigational/anchor lights: Combination bow rail mounted light, stern rail mounted light, mast mounted steaming light

Anchor & ground tackle: Two 20 lb. (approx.) plow anchors, suitable 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. Expired distress signal flares are aboard. A sound signaling device was not 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 appear satisfactory. The entire length of the anchor rode was not inspected and should be inspected prior to use.

Summary: Satisfactory


Tanks: One aluminum tank located in designated locker in port aft cockpit

Devices: Pressure reducing valve, pressure gauge, electric shutoff solenoid

Comments: The LP gas system including the tanks, tank locker devices and galley range was visually inspected and the galley range and electric solenoid valve were tested. Overall, the installation of the LP system is good as installed by the manufacturer. The vessel is not equipped with a propane or carbon monoxide alarm. The range was not tested.

Summary: Satisfactory


Mast & Rig type: Aluminum, three spreader, keel stepped, mast head rig, aluminum boom

Standing rigging: discontinuous rigging, stainless steel rod rigging, open bronze turnbuckles,
Hardware: Lewmar winches all ST: four # 44, two # 54, Lewmar adjustable main sail traveler, two Lewmar adjustable jib tracks, Navtec hydraulic back stay adjuster, nine Lewmar line clutches, miscellaneous Lewmar blocks, aluminum spinnaker pole, Tuff Luff head foil track, solid boom vang, three winch handles

Sails: One 3DL North head sail, one North spinnaker, 1 ¾ oz North spinnaker, one UK .5 oz spinnaker, two North sausage bags, UK head sail, UK heavy # 1, UK Matrix LM, UK TD Heavy # 1 UK Kevlar main sail, North dacron main sail, North spinnaker, miscellaneous aged running rigging, canvas main sail cover

Comments: The mast and associated rigging were visually inspected from the deck level only. The mast and associated rigging is likely original. The mast and standing rigging as inspected from the deck level exhibit no significant rust or corrosion. The vessel was briefly sailed during the sea trial. The dacron main sail was hoisted and a head sail was also hoisted. The entire sail inventory was not inspected. The age and condition of the sails is unknown. One sail was seen below the forward V-berth. This sail is torn. The dacron main sail used during the sea trial is missing battens. The spring on the solid lifting boom vang is worn and does not support the boom.

Summary: Satisfactory – Good


General equipment: Garmin GPS MAP 180, JVC CD stereo, Standard Horizon Eclipse VHF, VDO water tank gauge, Raytheon instruments: ST60 tridata, wind, speed, graphic, four stereo speakers, Plastimo compass, miscellaneous charts, miscellaneous galley equipment, Raytheon ST5000 autopilot, Yanmar tachometer/engine control panel, engine hour meter, one engine gauge (type unknown – lens is cloudy), Frigomat refrigeration, interior cushions, stainless steel boarding ladder, 110V/engine driven water heater, double stainless steel galley sink, water pressure system, ENO 2-burner range oven, boat hook


The vessel is a fiberglass racing sailboat equipped with an auxiliary diesel engine. The vessel was built in 1999 by Beneteau Yachts. The vessel appears to be in as-built structural condition. The vessel is in less than satisfactory cosmetic condition. It appears that the boat has been raced regularly and has not had adequate maintenance. 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… Upon completion of the recommendations, the vessel should be suitable for its intended purpose as a racial coastal cruising 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. Properly secure and stow the batteries in vented plastic boxes as recommended by A.B.Y.C.
2. The engine mounts exhibit moderate to significant rust and corrosion. The engine mount bushings are worn and near the end of their service life. Have a qualified marine mechanic inspect the engine mounts and service if/as necessary.
3. The fire fighting equipment onboard the vessel has not been tagged or inspected in the past 12-months as recommended by N.F.P.A. Provide currently tagged fire fighting equipment as recommended by N.F.P.A. and required by federal regulations.
4. The visual distress signal flares seen onboard the vessel are expired. Provide current distress signal flares as required by federal regulations.
5. A sound signaling device was not seen onboard. Provide a sound signaling device as required by federal regulations.
6. A floorboard support in the galley area is broken. Repair the galley floorboard support as needed.
7. The drawers in the galley area do not latch closed. Repair the drawer latches if/as needed.
8. The latch located on the starboard aft cockpit lazarette is missing. Repair/replace the latch if/as necessary.
9. A waste odor was noticed inside the vessel. Determine the cause of the waste odor and service to eliminate the odor.
10. Several stanchions are loose. Service and secure the stanchions if/as necessary.
11. The spring located inside the lifting boom vang is worn and does not support the weight of the boom. Service the vang or provide a boom topping lift as needed.
12. The head was briefly test operated and did not function properly. Have a qualified marine technician inspect the head/holding tank and service if/as necessary.


1. The anti-fouling paint is near the end of its service life. Service the anti-fouling paint if/as needed.
2. The engine cover latch does not function. Provide and engine cover latch if/as needed.
3. Several minor scrapes, scratches were seen on both port and starboard topsides. There are also two scratches on both port and starboard sides of the cabin top. Service the cosmetics on the cabin top and topsides if/as necessary.
4. The wood toe rail is in need of bright work. Service the toe rail if/as needed.
5. The interior cabinetry is worn and water damaged. Service the interior cabinetry if/as required.
6. The plywood supports in the V-berth area are cracked. Replace/service the plywood supports as needed.
7. The locker below the sink exhibits significant mould. Determine the cause of the mould and clean if/as necessary.
8. The port lights and window lenses are UV damaged and crazed. Replace the port lights and window lenses as desired.
9. The cabinet door in the head does not close properly. Service the cabinet door if/as desired.
10. The mirror in the head has been chemically damaged and is spotted. Replace the mirror as desired.
11. The starboard aft reading light did not function. Service the reading light if/as necessary.
12. A head sail located below the V-berth is torn. Replace or repair the sail as needed.
13. Consider the installation of a CO2 and propane detector alarms.

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 2009
By: Mr. Michael Herlihy, Surveyor Date
S.A.M.S. Associat