20′ Sun Cat sailboat

20 suncat


Client: Removed for privacy Date of report: October 5, 2012
Our file #: 12 – 27701

This inspection was performed upon the request of the client listed above on October 4 & 5, 2012 while the vessel was on a trailer, in the parking lot of Harbor Island West Marina, San Diego, California and the broker attended.


Builder: Com-Pac Yachts/Hutchins Co. Inc. Model/type: Sun Cat / gaff rigged cat boat
Year: 2007 (model) Length: 19.5 (LOA) with engine/17’ boat
Draft: 4’ 6” max Beam: 7’ 3”
Weight: 1,500 lb. Engine: 6 h.p. Tohatsu
Reg. #: Removed for privacy HIN: Removed for privacy
Name: Removed for privacy Hailing Port: Unknown


Keel & bottom: Molded fiberglass construction, unknown core, steel (apparently) centerboard – unknown weight, white gelcoat finish

Topsides & transom: Molded fiberglass construction, unknown core, transom stern, white gelcoat, black and silver vinyl boot stripes, silver vinyl accent stripe, rub rail

Decks & superstructure: Molded fiberglass construction, unknown core, molded pattern nonskid deck surface, white gelcoat, deck is set on an inward hull flange, vertical and horizontal screws through plastic external “L” and internal balsa wood backing

Deck hardware: Anchor roller with bale, bow chocks and cleat, forward deck hatch, grab rails, two plastic opening port lights, set of stern cleats, boom gallows

Longitudinals/stringers: Fiberglass hull liner and deck

Athwartships/bulkheads/frames: One plywood bulkhead forward

Layout/interior components: Aft cockpit, center companionway, small cabin

Bilge: Clean and dry

Comments: The vessel was inspected on a trailer. The hull bottom and keel were visually inspected and randomly sounded. The hull bottom and keel are in satisfactory condition. There are repairs on the keel forward and on the bottom of the keel forward, about the centerboard. The repairs appear to be resin applied externally. The hull sides and transom were visually inspected and randomly sounded. The hull sides and transom are in satisfactory – good condition and cosmetic condition. The deck and superstructure were visually inspected and randomly sounded. The deck and superstructure are in satisfactory – good structural and cosmetic condition. The deck hardware including safety rails, mooring devices and hatches was visually inspected and we attempted to open the hatches and the port lights. The port lights would not open. Overall the deck hardware is in satisfactory – good condition. The structural reinforcements including the stringers and bulkheads were visually inspected and randomly sounded. The structural reinforcements appear to be in “as-built” condition. The forward bulkhead is not mounted flush to the fiberglass flange. There is a space between the bulkhead and the flange on both sides, there are screw fasteners between the flange and the bulkhead. The bilge is clean and dry. The interior cabin spaces are neat, clean and orderly. The interior of the vessel is in good cosmetic condition. This survey is not a mould inspection. The condition of the coring, in the stringers, deck, and elsewhere as applicable, is beyond the scope of this inspection. The centerboard was not dropped, as the vessel was inspected on the trailer.

The trailer was visually inspected; this survey is not a trailer inspection. Please consult with a qualified technician for greater detail as to the condition of the trailer. The jack stand folded during the survey, the trailer tongue was not raised and the jack stand returned to the upright position. The tires exhibit cracks on the outer sidewalls. The condition of bearings and trailer components is beyond the scope of this survey.

Summary: Good – Satisfactory


Main engine: 6 h.p. Tohatsu, 2005, model MFSGA2S 3R4

Engine application: Gasoline, outboard, four stroke, one cylinder

Serial Number: Removed for privacy

Transmissions: Outboard lower unit

External/peripherals: Suitable application, satisfactory installation, manual/pull start

Engine controls: Engine mounted shift lever and tiller/throttle

Exhaust systems: Outboard application

Propulsion gear/shaft logs: 7.8 x 8 three blade RH aluminum propeller (painted white)

Steering system/rudder ports: Transom mounted rudder, tiller handle, blade removed

Ventilation: Natural

Generator: N/A

Bilge pumps: Manual pump in cockpit

Comments: The engine was visually inspected. The engine was not test operated, there is no fuel tank aboard and there was no source of water available. The pull cable was pulled and the engine’s flywheel turned. Externally, the engine is in good – excellent condition. The external surfaces and peripheral components of the engine and transmission appear good. The engine controls were not tested. The steering system was visually inspected. The rudder blade has been removed, we did not remove the tiller handle cover. The manual bilge pump was not tested.

Summary: Good – Satisfactory


Fuel: None

Feed: Flexible hose with priming bulb

Water: N/A

Holding: N/A

Comments: The vessel does not currently have any tanks aboard. The outboard engine is designed to be used with a portable fuel tank.

Summary: N/A


AC system: None

DC system: One 24 volt wet cell Driving Force battery forward in cabin

Wiring: Multi-strand wires

Circuit protection: Six fuse and switch panel forward in cabin

Comments: The electrical system including the battery, wiring, circuitry components and circuit protection equipment was visually inspected. Overall the electrical system appears to be in satisfactory condition. The condition and age of the battery is beyond the scope of this inspection, the battery may be discharged as none of the electrical components energized. There are wire nuts used on battery terminals. There is no battery switch.

Summary: Satisfactory – Marginal


Portable fire extinguishers: None

Fixed fire system: None

Flotation devices: None

Horn/distress flares: None

Navigational/anchor lights: Combination bow light, masthead/steaming light, stern light

Anchor & ground tackle: 2 KG plow anchor, chain and line rode

Comments: There is no safety equipment aboard. The navigational lights are properly arranged and installed. They were not tested. The ground tackle including the anchor and rode was visually inspected as installed and appears satisfactory. The entire length of the anchor rode was not inspected and should be inspected prior to use.

Summary: Faulty – Marginal


Mast & rig type: Gaff rigged cat boot, two piece aluminum mast with keel step and hinge above deck

Standing rigging: Stainless steel multi strand wires, swage end fittings, two shrouds and one forestay

Hardware: Stainless steel chain plates, five locking cam cleats

Sails: One dacron sail, single reef

Comments: The mast and associated rigging were visually inspected from the deck level only. The mast and associated rigging is likely original. This survey is not a rig survey, a rig survey is available upon request. The vessel was not taken on a sea trial and sailed during the survey. There are spots of corrosion on the standing rigging wires. Two of the lower slides are disconnected between the sail and the track on the mast.

Summary: Satisfactory


General equipment: Transom re-boarding ladder, hinged outboard mount, sail cover, tiller handle cover, two lazarette lockers, DC electric cockpit outlet, blocks of flotation foam, expanding flotation foam, two interior cushions, interior DC electric outlet, cabin light

Trailer: Performance, July 7, 2006, model PTVH 16, 10C, VIN – Removed for Privacy, GVWR 2,200 lb., galvanized steel/single axle, jack, winch, bunks, fencers, bearing buddies, California license plate Removed for Privacy


The vessel is a fiberglass, gaff rigged, cat boat, day sailor equipped with a gasoline outboard engine. The ownership and maintenance history was not obtained. No disclosure statement was obtained regarding any problems with the vessel or any significant events in the vessel’s history such as submersions, collisions, fires etc… The vessel was inspected on a trailer, no sea trial was performed and the engine was not test operated. The vessel was designed by Clark Mills. The vessel was built in Clearwater, Florida. The vessel is basically structurally sound and suitable for its intended purpose as a trailerable coastal cruising day sailer.

Overall Summary: 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. In most instances the data found while researching the value is stored in our file for this survey. We primarily use market value analysis methodology for determination of value.

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. Determine the extent and significance of damage on the leading edge and bottom of the keel, effect proper repairs as necessary or as desired.
  2. Reconnect the two detached slides between the lower portion of the main sail and the track on the mast.
  3. Address the cracking on the trailer tires and replace as necessary.
  4. Assure that the trailer’s jack stand is properly functional and will secure in the upright position; repair if necessary.
  5. Determine why there was no power available from the battery, charge and prove or replace the battery as necessary.
  6. Replace the wing nuts used on the battery with steel nuts and lock washers. Comply with A.B.Y.C. recommendations.
  7. Return the fuel tank to the vessel, test and prove the outboard engine properly functional, address any deficiencies.
  8. Bring aboard all necessary and legally required carriage components including flotation devices, sound signaling device and distress signal flares. We strongly encourage bringing aboard at least one portable fire extinguisher, a VHF radio and other safety and navigation equipment depending on the intended usage of the vessel.



  1. The rudder was not aboard and inspected, assure the rudder is in suitable shape for continued use and all functions are checked and proved prior to use.
  2. The center board was not dropped for our inspection or survey. Assure that the center board, hinge pin and painter are suitable for continued use. The painter was visible at the centerboard connection and appeared good.
  3. There are spots of rust on the standing rigging, inspect and maintain the standing rigging.
  4. Free up and prove the port lights properly functional, they were seized and were not opened.
  5. Consider installation of a battery switch, comply with A.B.Y.C. recommendations.
  6. Properly secure the forward bulkhead to the fiberglass flange, they are not mounted flush.
  7. Prove the navigational lights functional or service if necessary.
  8. The following components were not tested or inspected: DC electrical system (no power), outboard engine, outboard mounting device.

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.

_______________________                         October 5, 2012
By: Mr. Kells Christian, Surveyor                          Date
S.A.M.S. – A.M.S. # 301