28′ Hunter sailboat


Client: Removed for privacy Date of report: May 4, 2017
Address: Removed for privacy Our file #: 17 – 29022

This inspection was performed upon the request of the client listed above on May 2, 2017 while the vessel was hauled at XXX Shelter Island and while afloat at XXX, San Diego, California.


Builder: Hunter                                       Reg#: Removed for privacy
Model/type: 290 / fractional sloop     Reg. #: Removed for privacy
Year: 2000 (model year)                        HIN: Removed for privacy
Length: 28.58′                                          Engine # & MFG.: (1) Yanmar
Draft: 5.33′                                               Name: Removed for privacy
Beam: 10.                                                Hailing Port: Bosie, Idaho
Weight: 15,000 lbs. (travel lift’s scale)
Displacement: 7,400 lb.*

*Listing specification, other specifications from various sources


Keel & bottom: Molded fiberglass construction, unknown keel, bolt on external ballast fin keel, lead – 2,550 lb. ballast *, blue anti-fouling paint
Topsides & transom: Molded fiberglass, unknown core, white gelcoat, vinyl graphics
Decks & superstructure: Molded fiberglass, unknown core, white gelcoat with teak trim
Deck hardware: Fiberglass anchor well hatch, (3) aluminum framed / poly carbonate escape / vent hatches, (4) aluminum framed / polycarbonate opening ports, (1) plastic framed / Lexan opening port, (2) polycarbonate fixed ports, (6) wood grab rails, stainless steel and plastic anchor roller, stainless steel cleat sets, stainless steel bow and stern railing, (4) stainless steel stanchions, vinyl coated stainless steel cable lifelines, stainless steel boarding ladder
Longitudinals/stringers: Fiberglass hull liner and stringers tabbed to the hull
Athwartships/bulkheads/frames: Plywood bulkheads
Layout/interior components: Forepeak cabin, salon amidships, galley port, aft cabin, head starboard, aft cockpit
Bilge: Dry

Comments: The vessel was inspected while hauled and afloat. The hull bottom and keel were visually inspected and randomly sounded. The hull bottom and keel are in good structural condition. The hull sides and transom were visually inspected and randomly sounded. The hull sides and transom are in good condition. The deck and superstructure were visually inspected and randomly sounded. The deck and superstructure are in 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. The hatch lenses are crazed. Overall the deck hardware is in 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 bilge is holding no water. 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 survey.

Summary: Good




Main engine: Yanmar 2GM20F, 18 HP @ 3600 RPM, 403 hours
Engine application: Inboard, diesel
Serial Number: EO4832
Transmissions: Kanzaki, Km2P, s/n 54882, 2.62 to 1 ratio
External/peripherals: 55-amp alternator
Engine controls: Push / pull cables, dual function, single station
Exhaust systems: Wet exhaust, fiberglass lift muffler, resin forged hose, exits aft hull
Propulsion gear/shaft logs: One stainless steel propeller shaft, bronze compression gland, 2-blade bronze fixed 15 x 12 right hand rotation propeller
Steering system/rudder ports: Pedestal with stainless steel tie rod, aluminum tiller arm, steel emergency tiller
Ventilation: Engine space mounted blower

Generator: None
Through hulls & components: Stainless steel and plated bronze above the waterline, bronze below the waterline with bronze ball valves – not bonded
Location of through hulls as visible in travel lift slings: Port: engine intake – aft, sink drain amidships, depth transducer forward Starboard: Head intake, head discharge,head sink drain – aft, speed through the water forward
Seawater systems: Satisfactory
Bilge pumps: Rule mate 750W / internal float switch control, Whale manual – starboard / aft cockpit

Comments: The engine and transmission were visually inspected and tested during a sea trial. The client did not have the engine and transmission inspected by a mechanic. The external surfaces and peripheral components of the engine and transmission appear good. The engine controls functioned normally. The exhaust system is properly arranged and installed. Coolant is low in the overflow bottle. At idle and in gear just above idle there is moderate vibration. Transmission oil is over the manufacture’s recommended level. The propulsion components including the propeller, propeller shaft, strut and shaft seal were visually inspected. The propeller shaft packing gland temperature while running is slightly elevated at 95 degrees. The propeller was percussion tested and spun with a fixed object adjacent to the blades. The propeller shaft was manipulated in the strut and observed while underway. 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 blower was energized. The through hulls were visually inspected and the valves were manipulated. The galley sink drain, macerator and toilet water through hull valves did not close with reasonable force. The through hulls are in good condition. The seawater systems were visually inspected and most components were tested. Overall, the seawater systems are good. The electric bilge pump was energized manually. The manual bilge pump was not tested.

Summary: Satisfactory



Fuel: Diesel, tank is not accessible, 20 gallon capacity *
Fill & vent: Starboard aft hull
Feed & return: Fuel rated flexible hoses
Water: Plastic rotomolded under the fore peak bed, 40 gallon capacity *
Holding: Tank not accessible, pump out and vent – port aft, vent forward, 20 gallon capacity*

Comments: The fuel system including the fill, vent, feed and return lines were visually inspected as installed. Where visible the fuel system components are in good condition. The condition and age of the fuel (and water) 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 water pressure system functioned well. Accuracy of tank level gauges is beyond the scope of this survey.

Summary: Satisfactory


AC system: 30 amp / 125 volt shore power inlet, saloon power switch, 110 volt system
DC system: (3) Group 24 wet cell batteries, 12-volt system
Wiring: Multi-strand wires
Circuit protection: Main shore power breaker in the starboard / aft cockpit locker, branch supply starboard in the saloon

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 condition. One of the three batteries is not connected. There are no positive battery terminal covers installed. Wing nuts have been used on some of the battery terminals. The condition and age of the batteries is beyond the scope of this inspection.

Summary: Satisfactory



Portable fire extinguishers: (1) dry chemical manufacturer date 1997
Fixed fire system: None
Flotation devices: (4) Type II, (1) Jim Buoy ring w/throw line, (1) type III, (2) type IV
Horn/distress flares: Portable air horn, handheld flares
Navigational/anchor lights: Combination side lights, separate stern light, separate steaming and anchor
Anchor & ground tackle: Danforth style anchor, 5/16” chain with ½” rode
Other equipment: Aluminum rode cleat

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 satisfactory for near coastal use. Current distress signal flares are aboard, but not current. A portable sound signaling device is aboard. The navigational and anchor lights are properly arranged, installed and functional. The ground tackle including the anchor and rode was visually inspected as installed and appears satisfactory. The anchor shank is bent. The anchor chain is heavily rusted. Seizing wire is not installed on the anchor shackle. The entire length of the anchor rode was not inspected and should be inspected prior to use.

Summary: Faulty


Tanks: (1) steel tank
Devices: Pressure gauge, regulator, solenoid, Force 10 stove / oven
Comments: The LP gas system including the tanks, tank locker devices and galley range was visually inspected and the galley range and electric solenoid valve were tested. Overall, the installation of the LP system is satisfactory. The propane box lid is not installed. There is a secondary device connected to the propane system at the stove. The vessel is not equipped with a propane or carbon monoxide alarm.

Summary: Faulty



Mast & rig type: Selden aluminum extrusion w/single spreader, B&R fractional sloop
Standing rigging: 1 x 19 stainless steel cable w/ stainless steel swage fittings
Hardware: Plated bronze Turn buckles, Selden Rodkicker boom vang, Schaefer deck organizer blocks, spin lock rope clutches, Harken traveler
Winches: (2) Lewmar #16 5
Sails: Head sail, main sail

Comments: The mast and associated rigging were visually inspected from the deck level only. The mast and associated rigging is likely original. The vessel was sailed on a sea trial and sailed during the survey. Overall the sailing system is in good condition. The main sheet rope clutch does not hold line. The head sail sun cover stitching is torn.

Summary: Satisfactory


Navigational & operational electronics: Navman sailing instruments include 3100, speed 3100 and depth 3100

General equipment: Guest 3/3 6 amp battery charger, Seaward 6 gallon water heater (AC and engine coolant exchange), Cabin lights, Kenwood speakers, Jabsco Paramax EO water pump, Kenwood CD/AM/FM player, Jabsco Manual toilet, Wema water gauge, Wema black water gauge, Hatch screens, Raymarine Ray 52 VHF radio, Autohelm speed through the water gauge, Autohelm depth gauge, SUUNOTO compass, stainless steel grill, cockpit cushions, lazy jacks, main sail cover, transom rail seats, bimini, TV antenna, unknown manufacturer macerator.


This Hunter 290 is a molded production sail boat with a diesel engine built in Florida. Overall the vessel is in good condition. With recommendations attended to the vessel should be suitable for its intended purpose.

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.

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


  1. Engine coolant is low in the overflow bottle. Top off coolant according to the manufacture’s recommendation.
    2. At idle and in gear just above idle the engine has a moderate vibration. This model engine does have some vibration at idle, but this engine vibration seems excessive. Determine the significance and service IF necessary.
    3. The galley sink drain, macerator discharge, and toilet water supply through hull valves do not close with reasonable force. Service or replace as necessary to operate with reasonable force.
    4. The VHF radio does not transmit or receive regularly. Determine the significance and service or replace.
    5. There are no positive battery terminal covers present. Install terminal covers per ABYC standards.
    6. Wing nuts have been used on some of the battery terminals. Replace the wing nuts with steel nuts and lock washers. Comply with A.B.Y.C. recommendations.
    7. Certify or replace the fire suppression equipment per Federal regulations.
    8. Ensure current flares are aboard per Federal regulations.
    9. The anchor shackle is bent. Replace the anchor as necessary to restore integrity.
    10. The anchor chain is heavily rusted. Replace the chain to restore integrity.
    11. Ensure seizing wire is installed on the anchor to chain shackle.
    12. The propane compartment lid is not installed. Install the lid and secure per the manufacture.
    13. The propane heater is plumbed to the back of the stove. If the heater is kept run the supply line directly to the propane locker with an appropriate tee fitting.
    14. The main sail sheet rope clutch does not hold the line. Service or replace the clutch as necessary operate per the manufacture.


1. The deck hatch lenses are crazed. Consider replacing the lenses.
2. The transmission oil is overfilled. Remove fluid as necessary to meet the manufacture’s recommendations.

3. Underway the propeller shaft packing gland is at 95 degrees. The running temperature should be 85 degrees or less. Adjust or service the gland to have a running temperature of 85 degrees or less.
4. One of the three batteries is not connected. Connect or remove the battery.
5. Compass fluid is leaking from the unit. Replace or service the compass to restore fluid allowing regular navigation.
6. The head sail sun cover has torn stitching. Have the sail serviced to restore integrity.

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.

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By: Mr. Brad Destache Surveyor, Surveyor Date: May 4, 2017