35′ 2003 Topaz Express


Client: Removed for privacy Date of report: October 30, 2021


Our file #:        21 – 20280web

Current owner: Removed for privacy


This inspection was performed upon the request of the client listed above on October 28, 2021 while the vessel was hauled at Ventura Harbor Boatyard and afloat at Ventura Isle Marina, slip XXX, Ventura, CA and the client, XXX (owner), XXX (broker), XXX (broker) attended.


Scope of Services


The vessel was examined by surveyor and/or surveyor’s agents from all accessible areas of the interior without removal of secured panels, destructive testing or disassembly.  The hull bottom laminate, plating and/or planking was examined by percussion sounding and visual inspection only. No moisture content readings were taken, and no destructive testing was performed.  The surveyor may have used a moisture meter if/when they deemed it useful or if specifically requested by client.  Exterior hardware was visually examined for damage and drive components were tested by sight only.  The inspection of engines, generators, machinery and related mechanical systems is not within the scope of this survey.  Only a brief cursory inspection of the machinery was conducted, and no opinion of their overall condition was formed.  Client shall retain the services of a qualified mechanic, engine surveyor or other expert to inspect such engine, generators, machinery and related mechanical systems.  Tankage was inspected from visible surfaces only and no opinion was rendered as to their overall condition.  On sailing vessels, the rig was not inspected aloft, nor were sails inspected unless they were visible during a sea trial.  Client shall retain the services of a qualified rig surveyor or other expert to inspect sails, rigging and equipment.  The electrical system was visually inspected where accessible, and electronic and electrical components powered only with permission of or in the presence of the vessel’s owner or agent.  No in-depth testing or examination of the electrical system or electric schematic was conducted.  Specifications were taken from published sources, measurements if made, should be considered approximate.  The recommendations are based on federal and state regulations, industry standards, and/or surveyor’s own personal experience.  The market value is based on research of available new/used comparable vessels, with consideration of geographic area where the vessel is located and reported sale prices where available.  The surveyor will refer to and may reference CFRs, NFPA and ABYC recommendations (and/or other services) as the surveyor deems reasonable but not all regulations and recommendations will be applied nor should this report be relied upon as full compliance with the aforementioned entities.  Every vessel inspection is different, and limitations may alter the scope of this survey, some limitations will be implied in the text of the report and some will be explicitly detailed. A Marine Survey Agreement which is reviewed and signed by the client details the terms governing this marine survey.



Builder:         Topaz Doc. #:              Removed for privacy
Model/type:   32 Express HIN:                  Removed for privacy
Year:             2003 (model year) Engines:           Two Cummins
Length:         35’ 7” Name:               Removed for privacy
Draft:            3’ Hailing port:       Ventura, CA
Beam:          12.17’* Weight:            20,000 lb. (travel lift’s scale)
* listing specifications Displacement: 18,500 – 20,500 lb. (internet





Keel & bottom: Molded fiberglass construction, unknown core, shallow keel, modified v shape, lifting strakes forward, hard chines, blue anti-fouling paint


Topsides & transom: Molded fiberglass construction, unknown core, white gelcoat, blue and red painted boot stripes


Decks & superstructure: Molded construction, unknown core, white gelcoat, nonskid particle deck surface


Deck hardware: Metal bow rail, set of bow cleats with chocks, foredeck hatch, half tower, set of side cleats, set of stern cleats with gunnel fair leads, grab rails


Longitudinals/stringers: Fiberglass encased stringers and athwartships, unknown core


Athwartships/bulkheads/frames: Plywood bulkheads


Layout/interior components: Express fisherman, cockpit aft, engines below forward cockpit lifting deck, starboard helm, half tower with helm, forward center companionway to cabin, cabin has port aft head, starboard aft dinette and v-berth forward


Bilge: Holding minimal 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.  There are few blisters, we noted five on the port hull bottom aft and there are likely more that were not seen.  The blisters were not visible after the bottom dried.  The blisters that we saw were all less than ¾” in diameter and tapping one resulted in fluid coming out.  Based on the appearance and the fluid they likely originate just below the gelcoat.  The antifouling paint was reportedly applied at Ventura Harbor Boatyard six months ago.  The hull sides and transom were visually inspected and randomly sounded.  The hull sides and transom are in good structural and satisfactory cosmetic condition.  There is miscellaneous damage about the boot stripes including scratches and wear/age related damage.  There is some normal wear type damage and apparent repairs around the transom door.  There is rust about the swim platform fittings and supports.  The deck and superstructure were visually inspected and randomly sounded.  The deck and superstructure are in satisfactory structural and cosmetic condition.  There is a crack at the base of the bow plank, visible from below.  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.  The windshield has corrosion and blistered paint.  There is corrosion at the base of the tower pads and distortion of the fiberglass about the pads, primarily noted at the aft two pads.  There are cracks visible on the bottom of the hard top.  The hard top exhibited variations when percussion tested.  There is age related damage to the upholstery at the tower helm.  The structural reinforcements including the stringers and bulkheads were visually inspected and randomly sounded.  There is an open void at the top of an intersection in the reinforcement grid to port of center in the lazarette bilge.  The structural reinforcements appear to be in “as-built” condition.   The bilge is holding minimal water; the origin of the water is beyond the scope of this survey.  The interior cabin spaces are neat, clean and orderly.  The interior of the vessel is in satisfactory cosmetic condition.  There is water damage forward on the cabin sole and the sole is wet.  There is damage about the fasteners below the steps into the cabin, including a chip in a wooden fiddle and a fastener which slightly missed its mark and is exposed in the middle of the fastener.  The mirrors in the head are de-silvering, the head liner is loose to starboard in the cabin and the side liner is loose in the starboard forward locker.  There is miscellaneous usage and wear type damage to the interior wood (more than normal).  This survey is not a mould inspection.  The condition of the coring, in the hull, deck, and elsewhere as applicable, is beyond the scope of this inspection.


Summary: Satisfactory




Main engines: Two Cummins 6BTA 5.9 M3, 370 hp @ 3000 rpm, hour meters port – 848 and starboard – 856


Engine application: Diesel, six cylinders, turbocharged, after cooled


Serial numbers: S – 46235149, P – 46236458


Transmissions: ZF 220 A, ratio 2.040 / 1, starboard serial number 24079L, port serial number not legible


External/peripherals: Suitable application/satisfactory installation


Engine controls: Push / pull cables, double lever controls, tower and lower stations


Exhaust systems: Wet system, flexible hoses, plastic (Vetus) muffler, transom discharges


Propulsion gear/shaft logs: PYI dripless shaft seals, 1.75” diameter stainless steel propeller shafts, 22 and 27 four blade counter rotating propellers (unknown material – Nibral per research, no visible material markings), one bronze strut per side


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


Ventilation: Engine room blowers
Generator: 6.5 kw Onan, model 6.5MDKUB, serial number E020369195, 404 hours on meter


Through hulls & components: Bronze through hulls, bronze seacocks, bonded


Location of through hulls as visible: See chart


Seawater systems: Reinforced hoses, mostly double clamped connections


Bilge pumps: Two Rule 2000 submersible / auto – one aft and one in cabin


Comments: The engines and transmissions were visually inspected and tested during a sea trial.  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.  The current owner reports he replaced the hour meters at 600 hours and has the old hour meters.  Actual engine hours are beyond the scope of this survey.  We did not witness a cold start.  The mechanic witnessed the cold start.  There is no audible engine alarm for the port engine.  Wide open throttle was nearly 3100 rpm per the tachometers and top speed was 31 knots.  The undersigned did not see 31 knots, as the operator decreased the speed immediately after reaching wide open throttle, however two others aboard noted 31 knots on their devices.  The engine controls functioned normally.  The exhaust system is properly arranged and installed.  There is a water leak from the port engine exhaust forward of the muffler.  The hose clamp is over the edge of the hose and the hose is not cut in a straight line.  There is corrosion on other exhaust hose clamps including at the aft end of the port engine’s muffler.  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.  The propeller shafts were manipulated in the struts and observed while underway.  Overall the propulsion components are in satisfactory condition.  There is slightly more play between the port propeller shaft and the cutlass bearing than to starboard.  It was reported that the cutlass bearings are six months old.  There was a small ding in the starboard propeller blade.  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 rust staining below the generator.  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 satisfactory.  The electric bilge pumps were energized with their float switches.


Summary: Satisfactory




Fuel: One aluminum (painted) tank per side in engine room, 400 gallon capacity*


Fill & vent: One deck fill fitting per side amidships labeled “diesel”, hoses not seen


Feed & return: USCG type A1 hoses, age unknown


Water: Deck fill fitting to port forward of amidships labeled “water”, tank not seen, 40 gallon capacity*


Holding: Deck fill fitting to port forward of amidships labeled “waste”, plastic tank below v-berth, 25 gallon capacity*



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 satisfactory condition. The condition and age of the fuel (and water) and the integrity of the tanks (fuel, water, holding) and hoses is beyond the scope of this survey.  The current owner has painted the visible portions of the fuel tanks.  Please consider filling all tanks for a simple, practical test of their integrity.  The water pressure system functioned normally.  Accuracy of tank level gauges is beyond the scope of this survey.  There is no hose connected to the cockpit shower fixture.


Summary: Satisfactory




AC system: 30A 125V shore power inlet to starboard forward in cockpit, shore power cord, 110 volt system


DC system: Two Lifeline 12V AGM batteries on centerline in aft bilge, two battery switches to starboard forward in engine room, parallel solenoid, 12 volt system


Wiring: Multi-strand wires


Circuit protection: DC fuses to starboard forward in engine room, distribution panel to starboard aft in cabin includes main and branch AC and DC circuit breakers, AC and DC voltmeters and one DC and two AC ammeters, GFCI outlet


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 satisfactory condition.  The condition and age of the batteries is beyond the scope of this inspection.  The vessel is equipped with two batteries, in our opinion this is the minimum number of batteries.  When the fish box macerator pump circuit breaker was energized the ammeter pegged and the circuit breaker tripped.  The pump did not energize.  The shore power inlet cover would not shut; it was stiff on the hinge and possibly bent.  The GPS information at the tower plotter was inaccurate.  The Navnet plotter on the tower has no cover and is weathered.  There is no vhf radio at the tower station.  The starboard spotlight did not illuminate.  The raw water washdown is inoperative.  We did not see all of the pumps including the waste discharge pump, raw water pump or fish box macerator pump.  The water heater’s wire connections are outside of the water heater.  The vessel has several inoperative lights including the light to starboard on the hard top, the light in the head and two center overhead cabin lights.  There was no position / time information in either of the vhf radios.  The Furuno GP-1650 GPS is inoperative.


Summary: Satisfactory




Portable fire extinguishers: Two type A size II, type B:C size I (2008)


Fixed fire system: Fireboy model MA2-450-FE241, manufactured 5/6/02


Flotation devices: Four adult type I, inflatable type III type IV cushions


Horn/distress flares: Electric horn, flares not seen


Navigational/anchor lights: Separate side lights, combination steaming / anchor light, stern light


Anchor & ground tackle: Delta type anchor (unknown size), chain and line rode


Other equipment: Highwater alarm, Zodiac Coaster-SY classeV life raft, (2001 vintage), first aid kit, CO alarm


Comments: Safety equipment for firefighting protection appears satisfactory however the extinguishers have not been inspected, tagged and maintained per N.F.P.A. recommendations.  Personal flotation devices are suitable for near coastal use.  W e did not see distress signal flares are aboard.  The horn is inoperative.  The CO alarm did not sound when tested.  The CO alarm is not mounted; it is in a locker in the galley.  The navigational and anchor lights are properly arranged and installed.  The stern light is inoperative.  The forward bulb of the combination steaming / anchor light is inoperative.  We did not see garbage or oil placards or a waste management plan.  The ground tackle including the anchor and rode was visually inspected as installed and appears satisfactory.  The anchor is bent.  There is no spare anchor or rode aboard.  The entire length of the anchor rode was not inspected and should be inspected prior to use.  The life raft does not have any certification tag and it is a 2001 vintage.  The vessel has a highwater alarm which is functional from two senders.


Summary: Satisfactory





Swim platform, transom door, electric engine hatch, lift electric vent in windshield, helm enclosure, rod holders, transom bait tank, fish box, cockpit shower, two remote controlled spotlights, three flood lights, tower with helm, seat and shade, Furuno GDF-1700C Navnet multifunction device with radar / plotter / sounder, Ritchie compass, Simrad AP11 autopilot, trim tabs, fresh and raw water cockpit spigots, tickle locker, TV / phone inlet, water pressure inlet, Rule 1600 bait pump, cockpit courtesy lights, water pressure inlet, Rule 1600 bait pump, cockpit courtesy lights, sacrificial anodes on transom, rudders and propeller shafts, cockpit freezer, electric fuel transfer pump, Charles 40 amp 5000 SP series battery charger, Reverso oil change system, Jabsco 31620-0092 freshwater pressure pump, Kuuma model 59601 water heater, battery solenoid / parallel, Lewmar two direction electric windlass, cockpit sink, engine instruments include to Floscan tachometers, oil psi, temperature and volts, two Floscan tachometers, oil psi, temperature and volts, two fuel level gauges,  Simrad AP11 autopilot, Icom IC-M506 vhf, Ritchie Powerdamp compass, Furuno Navnet multifunction device with radar / plotter / sounder, Furuno RD-30 unit, Furuno 6P-1650 color GPS plotter, Icom IC-M506 vhf, remote stereo controller, Cruise air HVAC, dinette, head includes vacu-flush head and sink with shower fixture, Princess Gourmet single burner electric stove, galley sink, Sharp Carousel microwave oven, Tundra refrigerator model T22, flex vision TV, concept DVD, Clarion XMD2 stereo, electric waste discharge pump




The vessel is a composite fiberglass express sportfishing vessel equipped with two diesel engines and a diesel generator.  The vessel was built in Berlin, New Jersey.  The current owner purchased the vessel in 2007 in New Jersey.  He stated that the engines, transmissions and generator are original.  He disclosed that the lower helm GPS unit would not power up.  He disclosed no other problems with the vessel and no events of significance such as submersions, collisions, fires, etc.  The vessel was inspected while in the slip, underway off-shore Ventura, CA and while hauled.  The vessel is basically structurally sound.  Upon completion of the recommendations the vessel should be suitable for its intended purpose as a near coastal cruising vessel.



Overall Summary: Satisfactory


Standard form key:     We use subsection and overall ratings to summarize conditions found, based upon their appearance.  Ratings include: Not examined, Not applicable, Faulty, Marginal, Satisfactory, Good, Excellent.








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.  The most relevant data found while researching the value is included below.  We primarily use market value analysis methodology for determination of value.


Explanation of value opinion: The value is based on the soldboats.com reported sale prices and the yachtworld.com list prices below.   The most relevant comparable sales are the two 2004 ($129,000 and $134,900) and the 2002 ($85,000), all of which have larger engines but were sold on the East Coast.  West Coast vessels have a higher value.  This vessel is in average condition.


Year Sold Date Sold Price Listed Price Boat Location
1986 29-Jun-21 45,000 50,000 Tuckerton, NJ, USA
2004 16-Jun-21 134,900 134,900 West Islip, NY, USA
1988 7-May-21 55,000 57,500 Higganum, CT, USA
2004 4-May-21 129,000 135,000 Palm Beach, FL, USA
1989 19-Mar-21 45,000 49,900 Fort Walton Beach, FL, USA
1988 18-Mar-21 50,000 69,900 Mystic, CT, USA
2002 10-Mar-21 85,000 105,000 Atlantic Highlands, NJ, USA
1987 20-Oct-20 30,000 39,900 Staten Island, NY, USA
1989 13-Oct-20 47,000 65,995 Freeport, NY, USA

Topaz 33 Express

US$247,500 *

33 ft / 2010

Ocean City, Maryland, United States

Bluewater Yacht Sales – Ocean City



Topaz Express

US$139,000 *

32 ft / 2003

Ventura, California, United States

Real Yacht & Ship Sales, Inc.

Topaz Express 32 W Tower

US$224,000 *

32 ft / 2004

Kailua Kona, Hawaii, United States

Pacific Boats & Yachts, LLC


Topaz 32 Express

US$42,000 *

32 ft / 1987

Severna Park, Maryland, United States

Intrinsic Yacht & Ship

Topaz 32 Express

US$99,900 *

32 ft / 2000

East Moriches, New York, United States

Global One Yacht Sales




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. Maintain the fixed and portable fire extinguishers per NFPA recommendations.  Extinguishers should be inspected and tagged annually and inspected by a qualified technician or replaced every six years.
  2. Assure the vessel has all legally required carriage items including approved and current distress signal flares, oil and garbage placards and a waste management plan.
  3. Service and prove the horn properly functional and assure there is a suitable sound signaling device available at both helms.
  4. Service and prove the stern light properly functional, it did not illuminate.
  5. Service and prove the forward bulb of the combination steaming / anchor light properly functional, it did not illuminate.
  6. Straighten or replace the anchor, it is bent.
  7. Provide a secondary anchor or rode for use in two anchor situations or emergencies.
  8. Service and prove the CO alarm properly functional and mounted.
  9. Maintain the life raft per the manufacturer’s recommendations, it is vintage 2001 and has no inspection tag.
  10. The fish box macerator pump’s circuit breaker tripped and there was high amperage when it was briefly energized.  Eliminate the cause of this condition and prove the pump properly functional.
  11. There is no position or time information on either of the vhf radios, provide and install information required so the radios will function in the distress mode.
  12. Eliminate the water leak from the port engine exhaust system just aft of the engine, address the installation of the hose and clamp which is improper.  Remove staining below this leak to allow detection of any future weeps or leaks.
  13. Service and prove the audible alarm functional for the port engine.
  14. There was slightly more play between the port propeller shaft and the cutlass bearing than starboard.  The cutlass bearings were reportedly replaced six months ago, confirm that the cutlass bearings were replaced and determine why there is uneven wear apparent on the port side and address appropriately.
  15. Evaluate the corrosion on and distortion / cracking of the fiberglass below the aft mounting pads for the tower and address appropriately.
  16. Determine the significance of the crack visible at the junction between the bow plank and the hull from below and address appropriately.
  17. Determine the source of the moisture (likely freshwater) forward on the cabin sole, eliminate the source and repair damage as necessary.




  1. Provide a hose for the cockpit shower as desired, no hose is attached.
  2. Service the shore power inlet weather cover and prove it properly functional.
  3. The tower GPS had inaccurate coordinates, determine the cause and address as desired.  This unit has no weather cover and exhibits exposure damage, address appropriately.
  4. There is no vhf radio at the tower helm, we encourage installation of a vhf radio at this location.
  5. The starboard spotlight did not illuminate, service as desired.
  6. The raw water washdown pump did not energize, address as desired.
  7. Modify the water heater’s wire connections so they are protected by the cover on the heater and secure to reduce potential for damage at the connections.
  8. The Furuno GP-1650 plotter at the lower helm did not energize, address as desired.
  9. There are several inoperative lights, including the starboard hard top light, light in the head and two center overhead lights in the cabin, address as desired.
  10. The vessel is equipped with two batteries, consult with a qualified marine electrician and upgrade as desired or as suggested.
  11. We did not see the waste discharge, raw water or fish box macerator pumps.  Access, inspect and address any deficiencies.
  12. Several of the engines’ exhaust hose clamps exhibit corrosion, inspect all exhaust hose connections, replace corroded clamps and eliminate any cause of corrosion
  13. There is a small ding on one of the starboard propeller blades, address as desired.
  14. There is rust staining below the generator within the sound box.  Address the cause, repair any damage and remove rust staining to allow detection of any future weeps or leaks.
  15. There is an open void at the junction between longitudinal and athwartship reinforcements to port of centerline in the aft bilge.  This void has been ground away leaving sharp edges, we encourage filling and capping the void with fiberglass material and eliminating any sharp edges.
  16. The windshield assembly exhibits corrosion and paint blistering, address appropriately.
  17. There are a few small blisters on the hull bottom, either repair them or monitor and repair as necessary.
  18. There is rust on and about the swim platform’s supports.  Address appropriately.
  19. There is cosmetic damage to the boot stripes, address as desired.
  20. There is age and wear type damage and apparent prior repairs about the transom door, address as desired.
  21. There were audible differences noted when percussion testing the hard top, significance of the audible differences is beyond the scope of this survey.  There are cracks visible on the bottom of the hard top.  Determine the significance of the audible differences and cause of the cracks as applicable and repair as necessary.
  22. There is minor age / exposure type damage to the tower helm upholstery, address as desired.
  23. There is usage / wear type damage to wooden components in the cabin and some damage about fasteners below the steps into the cabin, address these conditions as desired.
  24. There is damage to the mirrors in the head, address as desired.
  25. The head liner is loose to starboard in the cabin and the side liner is missing / loose in the starboard forward locker, address as desired.
  26. The following components were not tested or inspected: TV / phone inlet, water pressure inlet, oil change system, all functions of entertainment devices and all functions of navigational electronics (power up and basic functions were tested).


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.  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.


I/we certify that, to the best of my/our knowledge and belief:


The statements of fact contained in this report are true and correct. The reported analyses, opinions, and conclusions are limited only by the reported assumptions and limiting conditions, and are my/our personal, unbiased professional analyses, opinions, and conclusions. I/we have no present or prospective interest in the vessel that is the subject of this report, and I/we have no personal interest or bias with respect to the parties involved.  My/our compensation is not contingent upon the reporting of a predetermined value or direction in value that favors the cause of the client, the amount of the value estimate, the attainment of a stipulated result, or the occurrence of a subsequent event.  I/we have made a personal inspection of the vessel that is the subject of this report.  This report should be considered as an entire document.  No single section is meant to be used except as part of the whole.  This report is submitted without prejudice and for the benefit of whom it may concern.  This report does not constitute a warranty, either expressed, or implied, nor does it warrant the future condition of the vessel. It is a statement of the condition of the vessel at the time of survey only.   The submitting of this report creates no liability on the part of Christian & Company or the individual surveyor.


Christian & Company, Marine Surveyors, Inc.


October 30, 2021