20′ Harris Sunliner pontoon boat



Client:   Removed for privacy Date of report: July 9, 2015
Our file #:        15 – 28534

This inspection was performed upon the request of the client listed above on July 6, 2015 while the vessel was afloat at 4647 Park Drive, Carlsbad, California.


Builder:       Harris Flote Bote Reg. #:          Removed for privacy
Model/type: Sunliner 180 deck boat HIN:             Removed for privacy
Year:           2011 Engines:       One Mercury
Length:       20’  (approx.) Name:         N/A
Draft:           21” Hailing Port: N/A
Beam:         8’ 6” Weight:         1,770 lb.


Keel & bottom: Three aluminum sponsons (floats), not inspected, unpainted

Topsides & transom: Aluminum panels, black

Decks & superstructure: Carpet over plywood (apparently)

Deck hardware: Bench seats, sets of forward and aft cleats

Layout/interior components: Open deck boat, seating on both sides forward, helm to starboard amidships, seating to port aft

Bilge: None

Comments:The vessel was inspected while afloat. The hull bottom was not inspected.  The vessel was tied to the dock with the starboard side toward the dock, the vessel was not spun, the port side was visually inspected as possible while leaning over the rail. The hull sides and transom are in good structural and cosmetic condition.  The deck was visually inspected.  The deck is in good structural and cosmetic condition.  The deck hardware including safety rails and mooring devices was visually inspected.  Overall the deck hardware is in good condition.  The vessel is a deck boat and it is in good cosmetic condition.  The deck is cluttered. There is mould on the bimini top.  This survey is not a mould inspection.

Summary: Satisfactory – Good


Main engine: One 60 h.p. Mercury four stroke outboard engine with model # IA60413KZ

Engine application: Gasoline, outboard

Serial Number: IC138520

External/peripherals: Good

Engine controls: Push / pull cables, single lever controls

Propulsion gear: Three blade RH aluminum propeller

Steering system/rudder ports: Cable system, outboard engine

Comments: The engine was visually inspected. This survey is not a mechanical survey.  Please consult with a qualified technician for greater detail as to the condition of the machine systems.  The external surfaces of the engine appear satisfactory.  The cowling was not removed.  The engine and all related components including gauges and controls were not tested.  The propeller was visually inspected and appears good.  The steering controls function normally.

Summary: Good


Fuel: 31 gallon plastic tank to port aft

Fill & vent: Fill fitting to port aft, flexible fuel grade hoses

Feed: Flexible fuel hoses, priming bulb

Water: Tank not visible

Holding: Portable head

Comments: The fuel system including the tank, fill, vent and feed lines was visually inspected. Where visible the fuel system components are in good condition. The condition and age of the fuel and the integrity of the fuel tank and hoses is beyond the scope of this survey.  Please consider filling the tank for a simple, practical test of its integrity.  The function of fuel tank level gauge is beyond the scope of this survey.

Summary: Good


AC system: Shore power inlet at helm

DC system: Three 12 volt sealed batteries below helm console, battery switch by batteries

Wiring: Multi-strand wires

Circuit protection: DC fuses below helm console, no AC over current protection seen

Comments: The electrical system including the shore power inlet, batteries, wiring, circuitry components and circuit protection equipment was visually inspected.   Overall the electrical system appears in satisfactory condition.  The condition of the batteries is beyond the scope of this inspection.  There was no power available.  The vessel was not plugged into shore power.  None of the DC components functioned when the battery switch was turned on.  There is a “beeping” noise by the batteries.  There are two unused batteries and a portable battery charger on the deck.

Summary: Satisfactory


Portable fire extinguishers: Dry chemical unit – 2012

Fixed fire system: None

Flotation devices: Three type II adult, two type III adult

Horn/distress flares: Flares aboard (9/14), electric horn

Navigational/anchor lights: Separate sidelights

Anchor & ground tackle: 8 lb. Sentinel anchor, no rode

Other equipment: N/A

Comments: Safety equipment for firefighting protection appears satisfactory. Personal flotation devices appear satisfactory for near coastal use.  Current distress signal flares are not aboard.  The vessel is equipped with a horn that did not illuminate (possibly due to low voltage in the batteries).  The navigational side lights were inspected, they were not tested.  The anchor was not attached to any rode.

Summary: Marginal


General equipment: Boarding ladder, bimini top with full enclosure, canvas cover, portable plastic head, Norcold 0788B refrigerator, sink with hand water pump, Protech 1240i plus battery charger, Faria engine instrumentation includes tachometer and volts, trim level gauge, speedometer, Sony stereo, speakers, pedestal helm chair, inverter


The vessel is a production pontoon deck boat equipped with an outboard engine. The purchase, ownership and maintenance history was not obtained.  No disclosure statement was obtained regarding any known problems with the vessel or any significant events in the vessel’s history, such as collisions, submersions, fires etc…  The vessel was inspected at the dock.  The engine was not tested and no sea trial was performed.  The vessel was not hauled for inspection.  The vessel appears in good structural and cosmetic condition.

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.  The actual cash value assumes that the engine and electrical components are properly functional.

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. Provide federally required, approved and current distress signal flares.
  2. Assure that the vessel has all suitable navigational and anchor lights and they are functional.
  3. Provide a suitable rode for the anchor.
  4. There was no electrical power available for testing any of the electrical components including the AC or DC components.         Provide electrical power and assure that the battery charger, batteries and all electrical components are properly functional or address appropriately. There was a beeping by the batteries and its significance is beyond the scope of this survey.
  5. Remove the unused and unsecured batteries from the deck.


  1. Address mould on the bimini top.
  2. There was limited access to the port side of the vessel, no access to the hull bottom.
  3. The following components were not tested or inspected: hull electric components, engine and related components and hull bottom.

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.
________________________________                                     July 9, 2015
By: Mr. Kells Christian, Surveyor                                                  Date
S.A.M.S. – A.M.S. # 301