149′ Niigata motor yacht

2014-08-22 001 006


Client:   Removed for privacy Date of report: July 7, 2015
Our file #:       13 – 30279


This inspection was performed upon the request of the client listed above on January 9 and 31, 2014 while hauled at Herma Shipyard, Mariveles, Bataan, Philippines and on June 22 – 26, 2015 while the vessel was afloat at HYS Yachts, Subic Bay, Philippines.


Builder:       Niigata Engineering, Japan
Refit by:       HYS Yachts, Philippines
Type:         Motor yacht – four decks
Build number:   2233
Belize Reg. #:   Removed for privacy
IMO number:    Removed for privacy
Year:             1992 / 2013 – 2015 refit MMSI numb     Removed for privacy
Length:       45.44 meters Name:                 “Removed for privacy
Breadth:     7.90 meters (overall)
Breadth:     6.8 meters (molded)
Hailing port:       pending
Flag state:         Belize
Draft:           3.20 m / 4.19 (extreme) Displacement: 450 tons
Engine:       One Niigata Tonnage:           386 GT  116 NT


Keel & bottom: Steel construction, fine entry forward, round chines amidships, flat with minimal dead rise aft with angled lower chine and hard upper chine, keel, black anti-fouling paint.

Topsides & transom: Steel construction, blue paint finish with white boot stripe, integral swim platform

Decks & superstructure: Steel construction to bridge deck/main deck overhead, bridge deck and above are aluminum, blue paint finish with white accents, exterior decks are mostly teak planked with a few small areas of white paint particle nonskid, white superstructure and white surfaces inboard

Deck hardware: Two sets of stern line rollers, two sets of stern bits, two sets of bow bits, two sets of bow line rollers, anchor rode locker hatch, all windows are fixed, grab rails for exterior steps, heli-deck and swim platform safety rails, portable boarding ladder

Longitudinals/stringers: Steel longitudinals and frames (drawings available)

Athwartships/bulkheads/frames: Steel bulkheads (drawings available)

Layout/interior components: Primary boarding onto swim platform with port and starboard walk throughs about center raised steering box, passerelle to starboard aft, forward of steering box is boat deck with port and starboard opening garage doors and twin overhead tender beam lifts. Forward from the boat deck is gym to starboard, passageway to port inboard of gym leads forward, spiral steps up to third level deck to port of gym, engine room access forward of spiral steps via door and ladder down, forward of gym to starboard is day head and forward is hinged door to interior passageway.  Aft and inboard from the port side passageway is cinema, forward in passageway is library, inboard of library is main deck level elevator landing, to starboard of library is crew lounge, forward of crew lounge to starboard is main spiral three deck stairway (from lower deck to bridge deck).  On the centerline forward of library is guest cabin passageway, aft are twin cabins with queen berths and ensuite heads aft, forward are twin cabins with double berths, a Pullman berth in each cabin (aft) and ensuite heads forward.  On the lower level aft is engine room with watertight door to port forward leading to port side passageway, engineer’s cabin inboard just forward of engine room with outboard raised berth and inboard ensuite head.  Forward in passageway is crew dinette and to starboard of dinette is galley, with elevator landing.  On the centerline forward of crew dining area is crew cabin passageway, aft on both sides of passageway are twin crew cabins with bunk berths outboard and ensuite heads forward, next forward are twin clothes washing stations and forward is crew cabin with port side bunk berths and ensuite head to starboard.  The deck up from main deck is the bridge deck, heli-deck is aft on bridge deck, alfresco deck forward of heli-deck with bbq pit to port and spiral steps down to the boat deck forward of bbq pit, walk around decks on both sides to foredeck, double sliding doors forward from alfresco deck to main saloon.  Main saloon has bar to starboard aft, seating area to port aft, steps to penthouse to starboard forward of bar, formal dining area to starboard forward, kitchenette, elevator landing and day head to port of formal dining area, weather tight wing door in head to port side exterior deck, door forward of dining area leads to passageway to pilothouse, office area in passageway, captain’s cabin with outboard berth and inboard ensuite head to port forward in passageway and pilothouse through door forward.  Pilothouse has wing doors on both sides and bench seat aft.  Portuguese bridge forward of pilothouse.  Exterior steps from port walk around deck between bridge deck and penthouse / upper deck forward.  Forward on penthouse deck is a spa tub, sliding doors aft of spa tub to owner’s lounge, elevator landing in lounge, to starboard aft of lounge are steps down to main saloon, passageway to starboard aft to owner’s stateroom, owner’s stateroom includes ensuite head to port forward, center island king size berth, and large walk in locker.  Double sliding doors aft of stateroom to private owner’s deck and steps up from deck to crow’s nest.

Bilge: Holding minimal water and trace oil after sea trials

Comments: The vessel was inspected while hauled and afloat. The vessel was built in Japan and was reportedly used as a government fishing fleet inspection vessel.  It was purchased by HYS Yachts and an agreement was made on March 27, 2013 with the client above to have HYS perform a major refit.  The undersigned attended and inspected the vessel twelve times during the project.  The exterior shell, most of the longitudinal and athwartships reinforcements, many steel bulkheads, tanks and the main engine were left in place.  All of the general accommodations were reconfigured and the height of the main deck was increased.  Hull side and the transom extensions were designed and welded onto the original hull.  All of the interior structure up to the bridge deck was designed by HYS, fabricated of steel, and installed by HYS welders.  The bridge deck and all structure above the bridge deck level were designed by HYS and fabricated out of aluminum.  The mating surface of aluminum to steel is insulated with a heavy foam rubber and the flange connection is through bolted.  There are areas which were necessarily welded together, including about the elevator shaft, using Tri-clad material, designed for the welding connection between steel and aluminum.  Detailed architectural drawings were rendered and reviewed throughout the process and are available.  An ultrasonic thickness gauging of the hull bottom was performed and a copy of the report is included as an attachment.  Overall, the vessel was built to a high standard with heavy scantlings and remains in excellent structural condition.  In general, the refit design was in compliance with rules of IACS (International Association of Classification Societies) for vessels under 90 meters.  The primary design was accomplished by and at the direction of Naval Architect, Mr. Simon Jupe, a principal of HYS Yachts, located in Phuket, Thailand.  A stability book has been completed.  The hull bottom was visually inspected after cleaning and before painting and again after removal of fixed stabilizers, sand blasting, painting, installation of thrusters, and installation of fin stabilizers.  The hull bottom is in excellent condition.  The hull bottom was visually inspected while the vessel was afloat on June 25, 2015.  It exhibits moderate marine growth.  The hull sides and transom were visually inspected and are in excellent structural and good cosmetic condition.  The hull sides and structure were painted with Alexseal.  There are paint flaws.  The deck and superstructure were visually inspected.  The deck and superstructure are in excellent structural and good cosmetic condition.  There are several cracked deck planks.  The deck hardware including mooring devices, hatches and doors were visually inspected and tested.  Overall the deck hardware is in excellent condition.  The structural reinforcements including the bulkheads, longitudinals and athwartships members were visually inspected throughout the process.  The welds for the external modifications were vacuum tested at the ship yard.  The structural reinforcements are in excellent condition.  The bilge is holding minimal water and oil in the engine space.  The interior cabin spaces are in excellent cosmetic condition.

Summary: Good – Excellent


Main engine: One Niigata, model 6PA5L, 1,800 PS @ 1000 rpm rated continuous

Engine application: Diesel, inboard, 6 cylinders, turbo charged, air start

Serial Number: 20258

Transmissions: Nico model MGN1824V, serial # Removed for Privacy, ratio 3.02:3.45

External/peripherals: AC electric seawater and freshwater pumps and remote coolers

Engine controls: Air pressure throttle control system, electric solenoid / air pressure transmission control, pilothouse center engine throttle and transmission controls and external two wing stations with transmission controls

Exhaust systems: Wet system, metal tubes, muffler and exhaust gas / water separator to starboard, starboard side discharges

Propulsion gear/shaft logs: Kamame 2200mm x 1640mm four blade RH bronze propeller, bronze stern tube assembly, lip seal with seawater cooling and emergency air seal, spare lip seal, two piece propeller shaft with flange in aft bilge – approximate size is 15 cm steel shaft at engine coupled to 22 cm bronze shaft to propeller

Steering system/rudder ports: Hydraulic system, electric and manual pumps in steering locker by rudder, two actuators, unknown type of bearing, wet rudder locker, steel (92.5” x 62”) skeg hung rudder, pilothouse centerline wheel and NFU jog stick controls with two rudder angle indicators, wing station controls via auto pilot system

Ventilation: Variable speed intake and exhaust blowers in engine room

Generators: Two 125 kw and one 80 kw Kohler, model 80E0ZD and 125E0ZD, starboard 125 kw serial number removed for privacy, port 125 kw serial number Removed for privacy, port 80 kw with serial number removed for privacy, 80 kw hour meter – 320, port 125 kw hour meter – 141, starboard 125 kw hour meter 151

External / peripherals: Suitable application, satisfactory installation, sound boxes, exhaust gas/water separator systems

Seawater systems: Steel pipes, reinforced hoses, double clamped hose connections

Bilge pumps: 15 cubic meter/hr. AC electric pump in engine room with two pickups, electric pump for aft void (ballast pump with bilge pump valve), emergency hand pump in engine room, electric pump for anchor rode locker

Comments: The machine systems including the engine and transmission were visually inspected and tested on two separate days during sea trial. The vessel has been operated away from the dock during three prior “yard” sea trials.  The engine was inspected by Niigata representatives on June 26, 2015; receipt of that report is pending.  The engine was built in December 1991 and is the original engine.  Engine maintenance records are available and were reviewed.  Most “working” components were replaced during the last few years of service, prior to the refit.  The external surfaces and peripheral components of the engine and transmission appear good and most functioned normally.  The engine was operated up to 830 rpms and the vessel’s tops speed was 13.8 knots in Subic Bay.  The engine was not operated at wide open throttle.  The pilothouse and engine room tachometers have a small variation.  There is an oil leak aft that the Niigata technician associated with a crank case breather restriction.  There is no engine hour meter.  The handle for the manual lube pump for the transmission comes in contact with a storage shelf support.  The engine uses an air start system, there are AC electric pumps for raw water and freshwater cooling with remote heat exchangers, a pneumatic air control system for the throttle and a combination electric, solenoid and pneumatic air system for the transmission.  The exhaust system is the only engine modification performed by HYS.  All other components and systems are the original configuration.  The original exhaust configuration was a dry stack exhaust that has been modified to include a dry riser, water injection into a muffler / exhaust gas separator and separate exhaust gas and water discharges through the starboard hull side (exhaust gas above the waterline and exhaust water below the waterline).  The large exhaust components were purchased from an Italian manufacturer and a very similar system was used on a prior HYS project.  The propulsion components including the propeller, propeller shaft and stern tube were visually inspected.  The propeller was reportedly replaced when the engine was “rebuilt”, we did not see a record of the new propeller.  The propeller was percussion tested and at the time of the haul out and inspection was in good – excellent condition.  The propeller shaft and seal were inspected underway and appear good, with no significant vibration.  The engine is loud and the exhaust noise is loud and pulses at high engine speed.  The steering system was visually inspected and tested from all controls.  The steering system functioned properly.  The vessel maintains slight starboard rudder to steer straight, apparently due to the single propeller.  The steering system was briefly tested with the manual pump.  The engine room ventilation system functioned properly.  The generators were visually inspected, test operated and loaded.  All generators were brought on line and synchronized with a new distribution system.  The generators are new.  The generators have been properly installed and are properly functional.  HYS is a dealer for the generators.  The through hulls were visually inspected and the valves were manipulated.  The through hulls and related components are in good – excellent condition.  Some of the seawater systems were reused, many pumps and motors were rebuilt and reinstalled, pipes that were reused were cleaned, inspected, serviced and repainted.  All through hull components were removed and serviced during the haul out.  The electric bilge pumps were test operated and functioned properly.

Summary: Good – Excellent


Fuel: Seven primary steel fuel storage tanks, FO1 port and starboard forward 11.9 cubic meters each, FO2 port (15.5 cm) and starboard (15.0 cm) amidships, FO3 port (16.7 cm) center (14.4 cm) and starboard (17.3 cm) aft, day tank to port of engine room on main deck level, day tank has emergency shut off and sight level tube approximate total fuel capacity is 103.1 cubic meters or 27,236 US gallons

Fill & vent: One fill station forward on centerline of boat deck, fuel manifold center forward in engine room, steel pipes, transfer system, centrifuge

Feed & return: Steel pipes, supply and return for all machines from day tank to port of engine room

Water: One technical water and one fresh water fill fitting per side on boat deck, port and starboard steel fresh water tanks aft of engine room (7.9 cm) each, port and starboard steel technical water tanks aft of engine room (1.0 cm) each, 4,702 gallons total capacity

Holding: One steel (792 gallon/3.0 cm) gray and one steel (792 gallon/3.0 cm) black water tanks amidships (one on each side of centerline)

Gasoline: One fill fitting on each side of swim platform, two tanks aft, (282 gallon/1.07 cm) each

Ballast: Four steel tanks aft, two forward and two in engine room (11,729 gallon/44.4 cm) total capacity

Comments: The fuel system including the tanks, fill, vent and feed lines was visually inspected as possible. Through the course of this project all tanks have been internally inspected.  The tanks are in excellent condition.  The fuel condition at the time of survey was approximately 35%.  The condition and age of the fuel and water and the integrity of all tanks and hoses is beyond the scope of this survey.  They are assumed to have proper integrity based on their appearance.  The water pressure system functioned normally.  We did not test the ballast system.  There was low cold water pressure in the day head’s sink forward of the gym.  The tank level gauges were observed during filling of the tanks by the captain and engineer and are reportedly functional.  A set of gauges is located in the steering locker and another set is to port forward in the engine room.  Secondary vents for the FOT3 tanks located on top of the steering locker aft are labeled diesel and appear to be fill fittings.  The waste treatment system was not properly functional as it exhibited several problems, including a continuously running black water transfer pump (during the sea trial) and an apparent problem with the treatment tank’s discharge pump.  The waste system includes direct discharge and shore discharge options; they were not tested.  There was no hot water at the spa shower fixture.   The aft deck wash down hose fixture was leaking.  The pipes are color coded with two keys in the engine room.  There has been no gasoline (petrol) in the gasoline tanks since the refit and the system has not been tested.  There is no diesel filling device (for the diesel tender).

Summary: Satisfactory – Good


AC system: Inteli Compact 3 control board system forward in engine room allows synchronization and load sharing of all three generators, 440 volt transformer, two 440-690volt / 4P / 250 amp shore power inlets to starboard aft of boat deck, one is set up for 220 volts (60 KVa) and the other is set up for 480 volts (150 KVa), frequency converter, 220 volt / 60 Hz system

DC system: Battery switch on each generator, battery switch in port Portuguese bridge locker, eight Powergor DB12-50 (non-spillable) batteries in center Portuguese bridge locker, five battery switches in center Portuguese bridge locker, 24 volt system, two 12-volt sealed batteries by each generator (six total in engine room), AC to DC converters on bridge

Wiring: Multi-strand wires, some of the wiring is armored cables, wiring in engine room is secured in metal trays

Circuit protection: Sub panel in crew lounge, four sub panels forward of engine room, main distribution panel to port forward in engine room includes relays and ten function AC meters, DC converter, main and branch circuit breakers, main generator control panel on centerline forward in engine room, sub panel in galley, sub panel in pilothouse

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. No 440 volt supply is available at the vessel’s location.  The 220 volt shore power inlet was tested.  The shore power inlets are not permanently labeled.  The shore side circuit breaker tripped precluding a full test of the shore power system and frequency converter.  The electrical system does not allow combining generator power with shore power.  The AC electrical meters are limited to the digital meters on the frequency converter when it is in use.  When switching from ship’s power to generator power, the system must “black out”.  The generators and their control systems are properly functional.  All of the interior lights utilize transformers.  All interior lights are “led” lights.  There are combination 110 / 220 outlets in the heads.  These outlets cannot withstand a high amperage device. The generators’ batteries are charged by the generators’ alternators.  There is no alternative charging system, no parallel system and no monitor system (except for generator mounted volt meters).  An inspection of the navigational electronics, final commissioning and adjustments and warranty initiation was performed by Furuno Singapore during the week of June 22 – 26, 2015.

Summary: Satisfactory – Good


Portable fire extinguishers: Eight (8) 2.5 lb. HCFC-123, fourteen (14) 10 lb. HCFC-123, three (3) 20 lb. HCFC-123, four (4) 10 lb. AFFF foam, three (3) 20 lb. AFFF foam, one (1) 50 lb. AFFF foam, five (5) 10 lb. CO2

Fixed fire system: Chemtron FM-200 system with two 95 lb. bottles in engine room, pending final installation with control panel to starboard in pilothouse, seawater pump with hydrants: starboard aft on main deck, two to port on bridge deck, one forward on penthouse deck, engine room, one to port forward and one to starboard aft on boat deck, four (4) self contained breathing apparatus with air cylinders, four complete fire fighting suits, fire axe, three (3) fire blankets, fire hoses with nozzles

Flotation devices: Four (4) white life rings, seventeen (17) SOLAS inflatable adult lifejackets with lights and whistles, two (2) SOLAS inflatable child lifejackets with lights and whistles, four (4) 2.5 kg lifebuoys with buoyant lifelines, two (2) MOB devices with smoke and light

Horn/distress flares: Air horn, flare sets for bridge and three sets for tenders with expiry date 1/2018

Navigational/anchor lights: Separate sidelights, masthead / steaming light, stern light, all around / anchor light

Anchor & ground tackle: Two (2) 420 kg Pole anchors (navy style), 22mm stud link chain, six shots per side, color coded chain with sections of line at bitter end of chains connected to boat

Other equipment: Engine room high water alarm, escape hatches from lower / crew cabin passageway, guest cabin passageway and two in engine room, rudder locker and anchor rode locker high water alarm senders, four Survitec 10-person type EMEC 10LPC life rafts (certified until 09/2015) with hydrostatic releases, 406 MHz EPIRB with hydrostatic release, two (2) SART units, Adventure Marine marine medical kit 3000, Ocean Medix heart start defibrillator, emergency oxygen, emergency lighting in pilothouse, penthouse cabin and engine room, GMDSS handheld VHF, oil spill response kit, sixteen (16) smoke hoods, smoke alarm system, safety harnesses, tethers and bo’suns chair, foil blankets, and all required publications

Comments:  Portable fire extinguishers’ type, size and locations are appropriate.  The engine room’s fixed fire suppression system is installed but is not commissioned.  Personal flotation devices are good.  The horn functioned intermittently.  The navigational and anchor lights are properly arranged, installed and functional.  The anchor and navigational light functions are reversed on the switch.  Distress signal flares aboard are suitable.  The ground tackle including the anchors and rodes was visually inspected as installed and appears good – excellent.  Both windlasses were tested and functioned normally.  The vessel was anchored during the sea trial.  The size of the anchor rode lockers may allow the chain to tumble.  The high water alarm system is functional.  The seawater firefighting system was tested and functioned normally.  The vessel has a manned engine room.  The elevator shaft is scheduled to have an automatic fire extinguishing system which is pending installation.  The elevator door stops with pressure but does not open.  The elevator’s alarm button does nothing.  The emergency lighting system including the lighting system in the engine room has not yet been installed.  The life rafts have current certification.  The hydrostatic releases are not dated.

Summary: Good


Navigational Electronics: Furuno GP-32 GPS / WAAS navigator, Sperry Marine gyro compass (0098-14) and controller, Furuno FI-50 wind instrument, ICOM IC-M802 HF marine transceiver, Furuno FA-150 Universal AI, Furuno NX-300 Navtex receiver, ICOM  air band radio (helicopter), ICOM IC-M504, four Furuno MU-190 (14”) monitors, port monitor is dedicated to hp computer with Max Sea version 2.1.0. navigational software, next monitor dedicated to FA2-2117 (12 KW) radar, two starboard monitors are Furuno Navnet system with 6 KW radar, 1 KW sonar transducer, GP 320 B receiver and closed circuit tv with one controller, Furuno BR-510 BNWAS (bridge watch), Furuno FM-8900S VHF, Ritchie compass, two West Marine handheld VHFs, two Onan Signal Safe Sea V100 handheld VHFS (GMDSS), ICOM IC-M412 VHF (crew lounge)

General equipment: Intercom, Tokimec rudder angle indicator (original), AB Trac electric bow and stern thrusters, two clear view screens, one windshield wiper with washer, Honeywell DVR, pilothouse pedestal chairs and bench seat, two Steiner Commander 7 x 50 binoculars, Ocean Signal Safe sea V1100 handheld VHF radios, Waeco bridge beverage refrigerator, hp computer, Panasonic KX-TES824 intercom system, AB inflatable model Oceanus 11 VST with HIN CO ABM28017A515 equipped with a 30 h.p. Yamaha four stroke outboard engine model F30LA with serial # 6BTL1009419, foredeck crew tender chocks, dock lines, fenders, bosun’s locker vent fans, anchor hawse pipes with wash downs (fresh and seawater), UMT tender davit, Waeco Perfect Charge IU452A and MCA2440 battery chargers (port Portuguese bridge locker), two foredeck floodlights, ten seat table on alfresco deck, wet bar, two electric burner Dometic grill, Waeco refrigerator, alfresco deck shower, two Mackie Thumper powered speakers, penthouse spa tub, sun pad, U-line icemaker, Waeco refrigerator, sofa, TV, four level elevator, Grundfos hydro MPC-ECRES-6 two pump water pressure system, ABB model DC82 electric stern thruster, two FCI Aqua miser and water makers, spare engine parts, original engine tools, engine room storage rack and tool bench, zinc anode color locator (red), Head Hunter Techna water pump, two air compressors, oil water separator, generator mounted instrumentation includes hertz, volt, amps, oil pressure, water temperature and battery volts, fire and general services electric pump, two compressed air storage tanks, general service water pressure gauge, compressed air pressure gauge, stern tube water and air pressure gauges, engine mounted instrumentation includes tachometer, sea water pressure, freshwater pressure, lube oil pressure, transmissions, lube oil pressure, charging air pressure and fuel oil pressure, engine room alarm panel, engine room bridge watch switch, frequency converter (no visible label), fifteen Tank Sentry tank level gauges in engine room, Alfa Laval MIB 3635 13/33 fuel centrifuge Dometic Condaria HVAC system model PCWM/FL 4800, CO31.12 with eight compressors, R407C refrigerant and rated cooling capacity of BTU/H192.000, AC electric engine seawater and fresh water pumps with suction and output pressure gauges, main engine lube oil pump, black water pump, main engine fuel flow meter, ABT Trac hydraulic pressure system for stabilizers, Taiko SBH-15 sewage treatment system, Uniden walkie talkies, two Miele Softronic T8823 (clothes dryers and two W5825 clothes washers, G.E. Monogram icemaker, two G.E. Monogram refrigerator / freezers with icemakers, two compartment refrigeration / freezer unit, G.E. Monogram upper & lower ovens, three Wolf double burner stoves, G.E. Monogram galley exhaust hood with fans, lights and heat lamps, Wolf oil fryer, grill and steamer, warming tray, walk in refrigerated room, two G.E. Monogram dishwashers, oversized galley sink with filtered water spigot, dishes, cookware, kitchen utensils, aft deck shower, two Quick electric capstans, 480 / 220V shore power transformers, Lotus in-line water heater for aft deck shower, scuba diving equipment, five plastic Kayaks, aft deck rain shower, Quick Ocean stainless passerelle, aft deck wash down, gym with Life Fitness G7 weight machine, Life Cycle stationary bike, and T5 treadmill, steam bath, TV & Waeco beverage refrigerators, Therma steam bath with wood bench seat, aft deck day head with Royal Flush electric head and sink, cinema with projection screen, sofa assembly, beverage refrigerator and sound system, distributed audio video system includes Panamax M5400-PM voltage regulator, Key digital KD-8x8CS HDMI matrix switches, Apple TVs, Denon AVR-X3100W integrated network AV receiver, Intellian satellite TV, Samsung blu ray players, ESE DV-212 distribution amplifier, two PS4 game consoles, four IPAD programmed controllers, various external and internal speakers, TVs in guest and owner cabins, saloon and owner and crew lounges, Wurtec ECL model 4PTAL /ECL floor elevator, study area with card table, crew lounge includes dinette, TV, beverage refrigerator and ICOM IC-M412 VHF, guest cabin lighting includes overhead, courtesy, window and reading, four guest cabins have tvs, window blinds, lockers and ensuite heads with Royal Flush electric heads, fans, sinks and showers, set of family moniker robes, LED lights throughout the vessel, aft guest cabins have large berths, forward guest cabins have twin berths with a Pullman berth, saloon has double sliding doors aft, bar with three stools, sink, G.E. Monogram icemaker, Kuchen wine refrigeration and Waeco beverage refrigerator, reverse osmosis water purifiers at sinks in bar and kitchenette, saloon sofa, two chairs and table, saloon TV, U.V. blocking window tint throughout vessel, ten seat dining table, “floating steps” with glass sides to penthouse, kitchenette adjacent to dining area includes Waeco beverage refrigerator, sink, Kuchen microwave oven, Wolf coffeemaker, Kuchen four burner electric stove with exhaust head and food warming drawer, day head aft of dining area includes Royal Flush electric head, sink and exterior weather tight door, Yanagi aneroid barometer, Brother printer, captain’s desk / navigation station, three safes, captain’s head includes Royal Flush electric head, sink, shower enclosure and fan, captain’s berth and desk, fifteen blue and white underwater lights, penthouse (upper deck) includes exterior areas, forward area has spa tub, sun pad, U-Line icemaker, Waeco refrigerator, shower fixture, penthouse study includes desk, elevator landing, bench seat and TV, master head includes Royal Flush head, fan, two sinks and shower enclosure with wand and rain shower, water heaters in galley, master head, crow’s nest with seating, shade, lights and speakers, antenna mast, spare engine head, AB 19 DLX inflatable tender with HIN ABM37001A515 equipped with a Yanmar diesel inboard/outdrive engine

2015 Robalo R200 center console equipped with a 150 h.p. Mercury Verado four stroke outboard engine (pending arrival to yard, has arrived in Subic Bay)


The vessel was built as a steel government operated, single engine, fishing fleet inspection vessel in Japan. The engine was reported rebuilt just prior to the purchase of the vessel by HYS Yachts and the vessel was delivered to HYS in Subic Bay, Philippines on its own bottom.  The vessel was stripped down to very basic structural components below the original main deck, the engine remained installed and the tankage is mostly original.  A new design was planned by a naval architect and the vessel was reconfigured and reconstructed as an exploration yacht.   The vessel was very well built originally, appeared to be well maintained and the reconstruction work has been well planned and completed.  The vessel has an enclosed pilothouse, owner’s suite on the upper deck, four guest cabins, five crew cabins, a heli-deck, saloon, commercial type galley, cinema, gym and a four station elevator.  The refit is complete.  Upon completion of the recommendations the vessel will be well suited for its intended purpose as a blue water exploration motor yacht.

Overall Summary: 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 approximate investment price for the vessel, its accessories and associated costs.  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. Complete the installation of the fire suppression system which is designed to shut off all ventilation components in the event of high heat or smoke. Test and prove the system properly functional. Commission the engine room fixed fire suppression system.
  2. Complete the installation of the elevator shaft’s automatic fire extinguishing system.
  3. Eliminate the engine oil leak aft on the engine and remove oil to allow detection of any future leak.
  4. Provide a suitable and functional engine hour meter.
  5. Modify the anchor and navigational light switch’s function so it operates as labeled.
  6. Assure the elevator’s alarm is properly functional.
  7. The horn switches functioned intermittently, service and prove them reliably functional.
  8. Modify as possible to reduce or eliminate the potential for personal injury when closing the sliding doors between the alfresco deck and the saloon and the gym door. The doors are heavy and there is very little room for a hand between the door frame and the door handle. This condition exists externally from the saloon to the alfresco deck door and internally for the gym door.
  9. Complete the installation of the beam lifts and crew tender lift including the lift straps, hardware etc… Prove the lifts properly functional.
  10. Address paint issues appropriately.


  1. Provide a tank diagram and display it in the engine room. Assure it includes the day tank.
  2. Punch the life rafts’ hydrostatic releases with appropriate dates.
  3. Label the secondary fuel tank vents which are currently labeled diesel and appear to be tank fill fittings as “vents” to prevent any accidental attempt at filling through these fittings.
  4. Determine the significance of the disparity between the engine room and bridge tachometers and address appropriately.
  5. Complete the mounting and assembling of all safety gear, including the MOB devices, EPIRB, etc… Assure that all safety equipment is stored logically and easily located (emergency oxygen is in an unlabeled locker near the cinema). Provide suitable labels for safety equipment.
  6. Provide PFDs for the forward guest cabins.
  7. Determine if the all around/anchor light is partially blocked by the antenna mast’s sides and modify if/as necessary.
  8. Change the lock/latch on the walk-in refrigerator to eliminate the possibility of locking a person inside.
  9. We strongly encourage providing a means for reboarding by the accidental swimmer.
  10. The lights in the crew and guest passageways, cinema passageway and galley are reportedly supplied by DC, consider modification to allow them to be supplied primarily by AC and use DC as an emergency back up power source (i.e. add them to the emergency lighting system).
  11. Fix all the navigational electronics so they can not move, they were not secured pending their commissioning.
  12. The helicopter transceiver did not power up, service and prove it properly functional.
  13. Complete the installation of the bridge watch system, two timer reset buttons, two water tight timer reset buttons and two cabin panel units are not yet installed.
  14. Consider modification and/or supplementation of the cameras, have a better aft facing camera, consider side cameras.
  15. Complete the set up for all the handheld VHF radios and prove them fully functional.
  16. Systems or components not tested or inspected include: HF transceiver (power up only), helicopter transceiver, security camera system’s DVR, the 480/220 volt shore power transformer and shore power inlet, exercise equipment, door locks (no keys provided), all AC outlets for power and polarity and gasoline system.
  17. Secure the foredeck locker which is currently unsecured below the crew davit.
  18. Provide suitable hardware to allow deploying of the crew tender, most likely a quick disconnect fitting. Do not allow crew to ride the tender.
  19. Prove the integrity, strength of the cover for the stereo/AV system in the cinema.
  20. The spa tub has two heaters with circuit breakers to port on the bridge and in the galley.
  21. Metal cable ties are in use which do not have chafe protection, replace cable ties with chafe protected components.
  22. Provide and install suitable terminal protection for the batteries.
  23. Assure that the generators’ batteries have proper straps to secure them as they are currently secured with wedges.
  24. Replace cracked teak deck planks, determine cause of the cracking and address appropriately.

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.

Removed for Privacy

_______________________________                             July 7, 2015_________

By: Mr. Kells Christian, Surveyor                                               Date

S.A.M.S. – A.M.S. # 301