25′ Blackman sportfisherman

Standard Survey

Client: Removed for privacy Date of report: February 3, 2015
Our File #:15 – 28422
Location: Removed for privacy Date of inspection:

This inspection was performed upon the request of the client listed above on January 31, 2015 while the vessel was on a trailer at Dana launch ramp, Mission Bay, San Diego, California and afloat in Mission Bay, San Diego, California and the clients and owner’s son attended.


Builder: Blackman Boats Reg. #: Removed for privacy
Model/type: Billfisher / Engine/MFG: Volvo Penta
         sport fisherman HIN: Removed for privacy
Length: 28’ 10” (LOA) / 25’ (LOD) Serial numbers: S – Removed for privacy
Draft: 2.5’ (approximate)               P – Removed for privacy
Beam: 8.5’ * Hailing Port: Removed for privacy
Year: 1985  Name: “Removed for privacy”


Keel & bottom: Molded fiberglass construction, unknown core, modified “v” shape, hard chines, one lifting strake per side, blue anti-fouling paint

Topsides & transom: Molded fiberglass construction, unknown core, white gelcoat, wood rub rail

Decks & superstructure: Molded fiberglass construction, unknown core, off white, molded nonskid pattern deck surface

Deck hardware: Set of stern cleats with gunnel hawse holes, cockpit safety rails, foredeck hatch, set of bow cleats with chocks, set of side cleats, stainless steel bow rail, radar arch

Longitudinals/stringers: Fiberglass encased stringers, unknown core

Athwart ships/bulkheads/frames: Plywood bulkheads

Layout/interior components: Flybridge cockpit sport fisherman, engine below cockpit aft, walk around decks, ladder to port between flybridge and cockpit, center companionway to cabin, cabin has head to starboard aft, dinette to port, galley counter to starboard and V-berth forward

Bilge: Holding moderate water

Comments: The vessel was inspected on a trailer and afloat. The hull bottom was visually inspected and randomly sounded as possible on a trailer.  The hull bottom is in satisfactory – good structural condition. The age of the anti-fouling paint is unknown, it exhibits satisfactory coverage.  The vessel has been kept on a trailer.  The hull sides and transom were visually inspected and randomly sounded.  The hull sides and transom are in satisfactory- good condition.  There is “ghosting” of a prior boot stripe.  There are gelcoat lines running longitudinally on both sides of the bow, at the edge of the ghost boot stripe.  There is a gelcoat patch on the starboard side amidships, it is approximately 4” x 4” (not rectangular).  There are a group of stress cracks approximately 1’ forward of the transom on the starboard hull side.  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 most hatches and the port lights were opened and closed.  Overall the deck hardware is in satisfactory condition.  The engine hatch is heavy.  Insulation is failing from the locker hatch to port of the engine hatch.  There is an odor in the fish box.  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 bilge is holding moderate 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.  This survey is not a mould inspection.  The condition of the coring, in the stringers, hull, deck, and elsewhere as applicable, is beyond the scope of this inspection.

The condition of the trailer is beyond the scope of this survey. This limitation was discussed with the clients.  The bow stopper is bent and the vessel does not fit properly against the stop.  There is rust and corrosion on the trailer, particularly at the bunk supports.  The lights functioned normally.  The brakes were not tested.

Summary: Satisfactory


Main engine: Volvo-Penta, model KAD42A, 868508, 230 h.p. (per listing specifications)

Engine application: Diesel, inboard / outdrive, 6 cylinders, turbocharged, after cooled

Serial Number: 2204203410

Outdrive: One Volvo Penta DP, model and serial numbers not seen

External/peripherals: Suitable application, satisfactory installation

Engine controls: Push / pull cables, double lever controls, flybridge station

Exhaust systems: Wet system, outdrive application

Propulsion gear: Aluminum three blade counter rotating propellers, Volvo Penta A7 – apparently difficult to read

Steering system/rudder ports: Hydraulic system, outdrive application, flybridge station

Ventilation: Blower

Generator: None

Through hulls & components: Bronze through hulls, bronze ball valves, not bonded

Location of through hulls as visible in travel lift slings: Port – one aft with screen, transducer on centerline aft, Starboard – one aft with screen, small transducer aft

Seawater systems: Reinforced hoses, single and double clamped connections

Bilge pumps: Electric / automatic pump forward and in engine room

Comments: The engine and outdrive were visually inspected and tested during a sea trial. This survey is not a mechanical survey.  The benefits of a mechanical survey were discussed with the client.  A mechanical survey was encouraged as a result of the findings.  The external surface and peripheral components of the engine and outdrive appear satisfactory.  There is oil and dirt on the engine.  The engine controls functioned normally.  The engine would not go up to wide open throttle intermittently and the cause is beyond the scope of this survey.  At one point wide open throttle was 3800 rpms per the tachometer.  Though the speed was not recorded we believe it was approximately 26-knots at wide open throttle.  The engine temperature was high at high speeds per the temperature gauge.  The vessel was extremely “tender”, when trying to utilize the trim tabs at speed.  The exhaust system is properly arranged and installed.  The propulsion components including the propeller, and outdrive were visually inspected.  The propeller was visually inspected and percussion tested.  Overall the propulsion components appear in satisfactory condition.  There is corrosion on the propellers.  There is a single spare propeller aboard.  The outdrive uses two propellers.  The steering system was visually inspected and test operated.  The steering system functioned normally.  We energized the blower circuit breaker but we could not hear the blower.  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 and with a toggle switch.

Summary: Satisfactory


Fuel: Tank below cockpit deck, not accessible, unknown capacity and material

Fill & vent: Deck fill fitting to port in cockpit, fuel hoses not seen

Feed & return: Flexible fuel grade hoses, remote filter

Water: Deck fill fitting to starboard amidships, tank not seen, unknown capacity

Holding: Self contained in head, capacity approximately 4-gallons

Comments: The fuel system including the tank, fill, vent, feed and return lines was visually inspected as installed. Most of the fuel system is not visible. The condition and age of the fuel, (water and waste) and the integrity of the tanks (fuel, water, holding) and hoses is beyond the scope of this survey.  Please consider filling all tanks for a simple, practical test of their integrity.  The galley sink has a manual pump that functioned. The accuracy of the tank level gauge is beyond the scope of this survey.  The seller’s representative stated that the fuel level gauge functioned intermittently.

Summary: Satisfactory


AC system: 20A / 125V inlet to starboard in cockpit, 110 / 120 volt system, shore power cord not seen

DC system: Four group 24 maintenance free 12 volt batteries to port in engine room, battery switch to port of engine, 12 volt system

Wiring: Multi-strand wires

Circuit protection: AC & DC panels to starboard in cabin include main and branch circuit breakers and voltmeters

Comments: The electrical system including the shore power inlet, batteries, wiring, circuitry components and circuit protection equipment was visually inspected and most DC components were tested. There was no AC power available and none of the AC system was tested.  Overall the electrical system is in satisfactory condition.  The condition and age of the batteries is beyond the scope of this inspection.  The engine would not start initially and the engine bank was jumped with the house bank to enable cranking the engine.  The engine battery voltage was 12 volts per the voltmeter.  There is a solenoid to port forward in the engine room, its purpose is unknown and it is corroded.  We could not parallel the batteries.  The wires behind the distribution panel are disorganized.  The stereo is powered up with a circuit breaker labeled “HSE LTS”.

Summary: Satisfactory


Portable fire extinguishers: Three dry chemical units – 2002, 2007

Fixed fire system: None

Flotation devices: Four PFDs

Horn/distress flares: Electric horn, no flares seen

Navigational/anchor lights: Separate sidelights, stern light, steaming light, anchor light

Anchor & ground tackle: 7.5 KG SL claw anchor, 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 suitable for near coastal use.  There is no throwable PFD.  No distress signal flares were seen.  A suitable sound signaling device is aboard.  The navigational and anchor lights are properly arranged, installed and functional.  The steaming light may hinder visibility.  The anchor light illuminates with the navigational lights.  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.  There is no secondary anchor or rode.  The compass is dry.

Summary: Satisfactory – Marginal


General equipment: Swim platform, trim tabs, Nautilus 15 battery charger, bait tank, bait pump, wash down pump, rod holders, fish box, fiberglass bow plank with anchor roller, forward floodlights, bimini top, venturi windscreen, compass, Furuno FCV-582L, rudder angle indicator, engine instrumentation includes tachometer, temperature, oil pressure and volts, trim tab level indicator, fuel level gauge, Sitex SP-70 autopilot, ICOM IC-M504 VHF, Garmin GPS Map 182C, self contained head, manual waste pump, spare propeller, galley sink with manual pump, Norcold DE251D AC / DC refrigerator, Kenwood KDC-225MR stereo, ICOM Command Mic III VHF, various canvas covers, fish box sump pump

Trailer:1985 Aros model TR7037, VIN 1AXCC2GWOFA003770, CA license plate TR7037, galvanized steel, tandem axle, jack, winch, brakes, spare tire, fenders, guides, bunks, lights


The vessel is a fiberglass flybridge cockpit sportfishing vessel equipped with a diesel inboard / outboard engine. The owner’s representative stated that the current owner purchased the vessel two or three years ago in San Diego.  It is believed that the engine was upgraded, but it was done prior to the current owner’s purchase of the vessel.  The owner’s representative disclosed that the fuel level gauge functions intermittently.  No other disclosure about known problems was made.  The owner’s representative stated that he was unaware of any significant events in the vessel’s history, such as submersions, collisions, fires etc…  The vessel was inspected on a trailer, while afloat briefly and underway in Mission Bay.  The vessel is basically structurally and mechanically sound, and upon completion of the recommendations should be suitable for its intended purpose as a near coastal cruising and fishing vessel.

Overall Summary: Satisfactory



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. The actual cash value is best determined by a thorough market search to determine what vessels are available on the market, followed by negotiations between the interested parties. 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.

C & V Form Key: All systems are rated based upon their appearance, ratings include: Not examined, Not applicable, Faulty, Marginal, Satisfactory, Good, Excellent.

This survey is for the express purpose of insurance and financing. It is not meant as a buyer’s survey.


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. Repair the trailer’s bow stop and assure that the trailer and vessel are properly mated.
  2. Determine the significance of the visible rust and corrosion on the trailer, including on bunk supports and address as necessary.
  3. The engine hatch is heavy, it may be by design or it may be waterlogged.       Assure it is the designed weight.       Consider providing suitable struts to assist in the lifting of the hatch.
  4. Have a qualified technician determine the cause of the high temperature condition as registered on the engine’s temperature gauge at high rpms.       Service as necessary.
  5. Have a qualified technician determine why the engine would intermittently not reach wide open throttle and address appropriately.
  6. Determine why the vessel is “tender” when operated at speed with trim tabs in use and modify vessel or operation as necessary to assure that the vessel is operated safely.
  7. Assure that the batteries and charging system are suitable for continued use as the engine required jump starting. Service and replace components as necessary to assure a dependable power source.
  8. Service or replace the compass as it is dry.
  9. Modify the navigational and anchor light controls as the anchor light energizes with the navigational lights.
  10. Determine if the steaming light hinders visibility, modify if necessary.
  11. Provide a secondary anchor and rode for use in two anchor situations or emergencies.
  12. Provide a suitable throwable type PFD.
  13. Provide federally required, approved and current distress signal flares.


  1. Service and prove the fuel level gauge properly functional or otherwise monitor the fuel level.
  2. Wires are disorganized at the electrical distribution panel.       Consider improving the organization of the wires. We encourage compliance with A.B.Y.C. recommendations.
  3. The stereo is currently controlled with a circuit breaker labeled “HSE LTS”.       We suggest having all components controlled by properly labeled breakers. There is a breaker labeled “stereo”
  4. There were some components which energized with switches which were not expected including the autopilot and horn. Assure that all components are controlled by circuit breakers and switches which are properly labeled.
  5. There are longitudinal gelcoat lines on both sides of the bow near the ghost boot stripe, address if / as desired.
  6. There is a gelcoat patch on the starboard hull side amidships, address if / as desired.
  7. There are stress cracks on the starboard hull side 1’ forward from the transom. Either repair these cracks or monitor and repair as necessary.
  8. Eliminate the odor from the fish hold.
  9. Properly secure the insulation on the bottom of the deck hatches.
  10. Remove corrosion from the propellers, inspect, service if / as necessary.
  11. Remove the oil and dirt from the engine. Eliminate any oil leaks. Clean the engine to allow detection of any future oil leaks.
  12. Service and prove the blower functional as we did not hear it energize.
  13. Determine the function of the solenoid to port forward in the engine room, service or replace components including the corroded solenoid if / as necessary. This may be a battery parallel device, if made functional it would be a useful accessory. Assure that no liability exists with this component or system in its current condition.
  14. The following components were not tested or inspected: all canvas covers, AC electrical system, trailer brakes, all functions of entertainment devices and all functions of electronics.

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. This inspection was performed for the expressed purpose of obtaining insurance/finance and should provide the information necessary for underwriting purposes. If any additional information is required, please contact the undersigned. This survey report is not intended for use as a “buyer’s survey”.

Christian & Company, Marine Surveyors, Inc.
_______________________                                             February 3, 2015
By: Mr. Kells Christian, Surveyor                                              Date
S.A.M.S. – A.M.S. # 301