27′ Chapparal 270 Signature




Client: Removed for privacy Date of report:  November 30, 2022
Current owner: Removed for privacy Our file #:         22 – 20568web


This inspection was performed upon the request of the client listed above on September 23, 2022 while the vessel was hauled at Shelter Island Boatyard afloat at Harbor Island West, slip XXX, San Diego, CA and the names of those in attendance have been removed for privacy 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:       Chapparal Boats Reg. #:            Removed for privacy
Model/type:  270 Signature HIN:                Removed for privacy
Year:            2016 Engines:         One Volvo Penta
Length:        26’ 6” Name:             none
Draft:           1’ 6” Hailing port:    none
Beam:         8’ 6”

* listing specifications

** listing of similar vessel

Weight:            unknown

Dry weight:      6,900 lb. **



Keel & bottom: Molded fiberglass construction, unknown core, modified-V shape single hard chine, two lifting strakes per side, black anti-fouling paint

Topsides & transom: Molded fiberglass construction, unknown core, white gelcoat, grey stripe, metal rub rail

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

Deck hardware: Fiberglass arch, windshield, stainless steel bow rail, three sets of cleats, bow cleat, anchor roller, bow eye, transom eyes

Longitudinals/stringers: Fiberglass liner

Athwartships/bulkheads/frames: Plywood bulkheads

Layout/interior components: Express cruiser, engine room is located aft and accessed with a sole hatch, helm is to starboard forward, companionway forward leads to the cabin, berth aft, galley to port, head to starboard and seating is forward with removable table

Bilge: Holding minimal water

Comments: The vessel was inspected while on a trailer and afloat. The hull bottom was visually inspected and randomly sounded. The hull bottom is in satisfactory – good condition. The hull sides and transom were visually inspected and randomly sounded. The hull sides and transom are in satisfactory – good structural and cosmetic condition, except where noted. There is a scratch on the port hull side aft and rub / material transfer on the port hull side. The vinyl stripe is damaged on both sides. The registration decals are expired and are for the wrong state (the vessel is registered in California). There are gelcoat repairs at the engine room vents on the port side. The deck and superstructure were visually inspected and randomly sounded. The deck and superstructure are in satisfactory structural and cosmetic condition, except where noted. There are stress cracks in the gelcoat on the deck about the anchor roller. The dash is faded. 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 – good condition. The Isinglass is wrinkled and there is a rip in the zipper. The structural reinforcements including the liner and bulkheads were visually inspected and randomly sounded. 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, except where noted. The carpet is stained. There is rust on the refrigerator. This survey is not a mould inspection. The condition of the coring in the hull, deck, transom, stringers and elsewhere as applicable, is beyond the scope of this inspection.

Summary: Satisfactory – Good


Main engine: One Volvo Penta 308 V8, 300 h.p. *

Engine application: Gasoline, 8 cylinders, fresh water cooled, inboard / outdrive

Serial number: Tag illegible

Transmissions: Outdrive application, DSP – B1, ratio 2.32, serial number 22090411

External/peripherals: Suitable application, satisfactory installation

Engine controls: Push-pull cables, single lever control, single helm

Exhaust systems: Wet system, outdrive application

Propulsion gear: Volvo Penta Duo Props three blade stainless steel three blade counter rotating propellers, FH4 Rear 3885851 FG, FH4 Front 388580 FG

Steering system: Sea star mechanical steering, single helm, outdrive application

Ventilation: Natural and two blowers

Generator: None

Location of through hulls as visible: Transom drain plug and two transducers located on either side forward of the engine

Seawater systems: Reinforced flexible hoses, single clamped connections

Bilge pumps: Rule 1100 forward of the engine, Rule 500 amidships

Comments: The engine and outdrive were visually inspected and tested during a sea trial. The survey is not a mechanical inspection, please consult with a qualified technician for greater detail as to the condition of the machine systems. Wide open throttle is recorded as 5400 rpm per the tachometer with a top speed of 37.5 miles per hour per the Garmin multi-function device. The hour meter displayed 1589.5 hours and is reportedly inaccurate. The speedometer was constantly running a self-test on the way from the slip to the boat ramp but functioned properly after going back into the water. The external surface and peripheral components of the engine and outdrive appear satisfactory – good. The engine controls functioned normally. The exhaust system is properly arranged and installed. The propulsion components including the propellers were visually inspected. Overall the propulsion components are in satisfactory condition. The steering system was visually inspected and test operated. The steering system functioned normally. The engine room blowers were energized. The blowers do not reach the lowest point of the engine room bilge. The through hulls were visually inspected. 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 manually.

Summary: Satisfactory – Good


Fuel: 79 gallon capacity in one aluminum tank located forward in the engine room bilge

Fill & vent: USCG type A2 fill hose (2015), USCG type A1 vent hose (2015), fill fitting located to the starboard on the transom, marked with a “gas pump”

Feed: USCG type A1-15 feed hose (2015)

Water: 22 gallon capacity * in one plastic tank located to port on the engine room, fill fitting to port on the transom marked with a “wavy line”

Holding: Four gallon capacity * in one plastic tank to starboard forward in the engine room, fitting, located starboard aft, marked with a “toilet”

Comments: The fuel system including the tank, fill, vent and feed lines was visually inspected as installed. Where visible the fuel system components are in satisfactory-good condition. The condition and age of the fuel, water and the integrity of the tanks (fuel, water and holding) and hoses is beyond the scope of this survey. Please consider filling all tanks for a simple, practical test of their integrity. The water pressure system did not function normally. The cockpit shower leaked at the back side of the valve handles and there was low to no water pressure from the shower head. The water heater got warm but not hot. Accuracy of tank level gauges is beyond the scope of this survey.

Summary: Satisfactory – Good


AC system: 120 Volt system, 30A 125 V shore power inlet to starboard in the transom locker, 30A 125 shore forward

DC system: 12 Volt System, one interstate 24M-XHD 12 volt wet cell battery and one interstate HD24MDC-1 12 volt sealed battery located to port in the engine room, both secured and have terminal covers

Wiring: Suitable multi-strand

Circuit protection: DC toggle switches at the helm, DC toggle in the galley for water pressure, electrical distribution panel in the galley includes branch AC circuit breakers and an AC volt meter, AC main circuit breaker to starboard in the transom locker

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 – good condition, except where noted. The shower sump pump did not energize. The labels on the toggle switches at the helm are difficult to read. The condition of the batteries is beyond the scope of this inspection.

Summary: Satisfactory – Good


Portable fire extinguishers: Three type B:C size I located in a box by the galley (2020), in a bag below the helm seat (2019), at the helm (2020)

Fixed fire system: Fireboy (model obscured), HFC227 agent, manufacture date 02/29/2016

Flotation devices: 17 adult type II PFDs, two type IV throwable PFDs

Horn/distress flares: Electric horn, four handheld flares (expired 06/2021)

Navigational/anchor lights: Combination bow light, all-around / anchor light

Anchor & ground tackle: 16.5 lb. Lewmar claw anchor with chain and line rode

Other equipment: Two first aid kits, swimmer flag

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 are no current distress signal flares are aboard. A suitable sound signaling device was seen. The CO alarm has been removed. There is no smoke alarm. Garbage and oil placards were seen. A waste management plan was seen. The navigational and anchor lights are properly arranged, installed and functional. The combination bow light did not function. 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.

Summary: Satisfactory



Isinglass enclosure, boarding ladder, ProMariner ProNautic 12-20P battery charger, Shurflo Aqua King II freshwater pump, Whale F600 water heater with heat exchanger, cockpit sink, head include sink with shower attachment, vent fan and vacu flush head, shower sump box, rear view mirror, galley includes sink, Mauve microwave and 1 Sothern CRG5 refrigerator, engine instruments include tachometer with digital gauge, volt meter and speedometer with digital meter, Garmin GPS map XS multifunction device with plotter/sounder, Lenco electric trim tabs, courtesy lights, Ritchie compass arch lights, Uniden UM385 uhf (not installed), Clarion CMS2, stereo

Trailer information: Heritage CB28T2D-82 dual axle painted steel trailer, GVWR 10,100 lb., jack stand, disc brakes, winch, brake lights, four bunks



The vessel is a production fiberglass express cruiser equipped with a single gasoline inboard / outdrive engine. The vessel was built in Nashville, Georgia. The current owner reported that she purchased the vessel from Rock Harbor Boats in Seattle, Washington approximately two years ago. She reported that the engine was replaced by Rock Harbor boats under warranty prior to her purchase. She reported that the outdrive is original. She reported that the anti-fouling paint is approximately one year old and was applied in either May or July. She had no disclosures and had no knowledge of any significant events in the vessel’s history such as submersions, collision, fire, etc. The vessel was inspected while afloat, underway on a sea trial in San Diego Bay and while on a trailer. The vessel is basically structurally sound and upon completion of the recommendations should be suitable for its intended purposed as a near coastal cruising vessel.

Overall Summary: Satisfactory – Good

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.


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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 sales prices, Yachtworld.com and Boattrader.com current listings below. Vessels that have sold for a higher average and are listed at a higher average than those on the West Coast. There was limited data for vessels listed on the West Coast, so our research was expanded to include other states; vessels that sell on the West Coast typically hold a different value than those that sell on the East Coast. The vessels listed in Largo, FL, Burgess, VA, Middle River, MD and Quebec, Canada are equipped with gasoline generators, increasing their value. The sale of the vessel includes a trailer; the value we have placed is on the vessel, the value of the trailer is beyond the scope of this inspection. The surveyed vessel has had its engine replaced under warranty, the reason was unclear. The values of vessels have continued to increase due to the Covid-19 induced demand; the future of the value spike is unknown.


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 fire extinguishers per NFPA recommendations. Extinguishers should be inspected and tagged annually and inspected by a qualified technician or replaced every 6 years.
2. Provide federally required, approved and current distress signal flares.
3. Service or replace components in the bow light and prove it properly functional.
4. The blowers do not reach the lowest part of the bilge. Assure that they are able to pull air from the lowest point in the bilge per ABYC recommendations.
5. The registration numbers on the vessel are Washington decals and the vessel is currently registered in California. Apply the current decals and bring aboard the current registration.
6. The cockpit shower leaked at the back side of the valve handles and there was low to no water pressure from the shower head. Determine the cause of the leak, eliminate the cause, service or replace component as necessary and prove the cockpit shower properly functional (as desired).


1. The shower sump pump did not energize when tested. Service or replace components and prove the shower sump properly functional.
2. The water heater got warm but not hot. Determine why the water heater did not get hot and address as necessary or desired.
3. Determine why the speedometer constantly ran a “self-test” for a good portion of the survey and address appropriately or as necessary.
4. There are stress cracks in the gelcoat on the deck about the anchor roller. Determine the significance of the cracks and address as necessary or desired.
5. There is a scratch in the port hull side aft and there is rub / material transfer on the port hull side. Address as desired.
6. The vinyl stripe is damaged on both sides. Address as desired.
7. There is staining on the sideliner to port forward in the cabin. Address as desired.
8. There are gelcoat repairs at the engine room vents on the port side. Address as desired.
9. The carpet is stained in the cabin. Address as desired.
10. The Isinglass is wrinkled and there is a rip at the zipper. Address as desired.
11. There is rust on the face of the refrigerator. Address as desired.
12. The following components were not tested or inspected: freshwater flush, all functions of entertainment devices and navigational electronics (powerup 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.