32′ Albin power boat


Client: Removed for privacy
Date of report: September 13, 2017

Our file #: 17 – 29111

This inspection was performed upon the request of the client listed above on September 12, 2017 while the vessel was hauled at XXXXXXX, Huntington Beach, CA and afloat in XXXXXX, Huntington Beach, CA and the clients and both brokers attended.


Builder: Albin Doc. #: XXXX
Model/type: Albin 32
Year: 2004 (model year)
Engines: Two Yanmar
Length: 32’ 6′
Name: “XXXX”
Draft: 3’ 1”
Hailing Port: XXXX, CA
Beam: 10’*  Dry Weight: 9,800 lb.*
* listing specifications



Keel & bottom: Molded fiberglass construction, unknown core, three lifting strakes per side, hard chines, black anti-fouling paint, modified v shape, “keel drive”

Topsides & transom: Molded fiberglass construction, unknown core, green with white boot and gold accent stripes, deck mounted on hull with mechanical (bolt and screw) fasteners

Decks & superstructure: Molded fiberglass construction, unknown core, off white, paint particle non-skid deck surface

Deck hardware: Fiberglass hard top, stainless steel safety rails forward and aft, sets of cleats aft, amidships and forward, grab rails, third bow cleat with chocks, foredeck hatch, aft cabin top hatch

Longitudinals/stringers: Fiberglass encased stringers, unknown core

Athwartships/bulkheads/frames: Plywood bulkheads

Layout/interior components: Center cockpit, aft cabin, starboard helm, forward cabin has berth to port aft, galley area forward of berth, head to starboard aft and convertible dinette forward, engine below helm area deck

Bilge: Holding minimal water, dirty

Comments: The vessel was inspected while hauled and afloat. The hull bottom was visually inspected and randomly sounded. The hull bottom is in good structural condition. There are a few small blisters near the bow thruster. The anti-fouling paint is damaged around metal components (halo damage). The hull sides and transom were visually inspected and randomly sounded. The hull sides and transom are in good structural and cosmetic condition. The hull side paint is reportedly one year old. The deck and superstructure were visually inspected and randomly sounded. The deck and superstructure are in satisfactory – good structural and cosmetic condition. The non-skid is wearing smooth. There are numerous cracks about the cockpit deck, more significantly at the radii between the deck and the superstructure aft. 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 good condition. There is “weather stripping” about the aft cockpit deck hatch. The aluminum and rubber stripping is a questionable choice of material, some of the aluminum is raised and presents a personal injury risk. The hatches are crazed. The structural reinforcements including the stringers and bulkheads were visually inspected and randomly sounded. There were audible differences noted when percussion testing the stringers in the cockpit bilge space (aft). There is a visible difference in the height of the stringers and laminate difference on the side of the stringers, the audible difference is defined at this junction (fore and aft) and is homogenous side to side. The significance of this audible difference is beyond the scope of this survey. There is (minor) fiberglass tabbing detached from the plywood bulkhead to starboard of the engine, inboard of the battery charger. The structural reinforcements appear to be in “as-built” condition. There is paint damage to the shelf below the air conditioner (v – berth). The battery shelf is an aftermarket installation and the fiberglass work is “rough”. The bilge is holding minimal water and is dirty; 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 deck, hull, and elsewhere as applicable, is beyond the scope of this inspection. The boarding ladder is blocked by the tender on the transom.

Summary: Satisfactory – Good


Main engine: Yanmar, model 6LPA-STP, 232 kw@ 3,800 rpm

Engine application: Diesel, six cylinders, turbo charged, after cooled

Serial Number: M53128

Transmissions: ZF63A – 2.0, ratio A = 2.04 B = 2.02, serial number 28099m

External/peripherals: Suitable application, satisfactory installation

Exhaust systems: Wet system, flexible hoses, fiberglass muffler, port transom exhaust

Propulsion gear/shaft logs: Tides Marine dripless shaft seal, 19LH19 four blade bronze Tetradyne propeller, bronze stern tube, 1.5” diameter stainless steel propeller shaft

Steering system/rudder ports: Bronze skeg hung rudder, hydraulic system, bronze packing gland, single actuator, single control station

Ventilation: Natural

Generator: None

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

Location of through hulls as visible in travel lift slings: Port – Centerline transom drain, bow thruster

Starboard – Three with screens and transducer aft of amidships

Seawater systems: Reinforced hoses, double clamped connection

Bilge pumps: Johnson electric / automatic pump amidships, manual pump to starboard in cockpit, Johnson electric / automatic (larger) aft and forward

Comments: The engine and transmission were visually inspected and tested from the slip to the boatyard and back. 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 transmission information recorded (above) was from a tag which was found loose aboard the vessel. No sea trial was performed with the surveyor aboard. The external surface and peripheral components of the engine and transmission appear satisfactory. The engine controls functioned normally. The exhaust system is properly arranged and installed. The steering system was visually inspected and test operated. The steering system functioned normally. The propulsion components including the propeller, propeller shaft, stern tube and shaft seal were visually inspected. The propeller was percussion tested and spun with a fixed object adjacent to the blades. Overall the propulsion components are in satisfactory condition. There is a small nick in one of the propeller blades and minor run out (when spun with an object close). The clients report a vibration/wobble underway. The through hulls were visually inspected and the valves were manipulated. The through hulls are in satisfactory – good 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. The DC main circuit breaker must remain on for the bilge pumps to function. The manual bilge pump was not tested. The bow thruster’s propeller has rotational play.

Summary: Satisfactory – Good


Fuel: Two tanks outboard aft of engine, apparently aluminum, 68 gallon capacity

Fill & vent: One deck fill fitting per side forward of cockpit, flexible fuel grade hoses

Feed & return: Flexible hoses, Racor filer

Water: Deck fitting to port in cockpit, plastic tank below port berth

Holding: Plastic tank to starboard of engine, deck fitting to starboard amidships

Comments: The fuel system including the tanks, fill, vent and feed lines was visually inspected as installed. Where visible the fuel system components are in good condition. 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 water pressure system functioned normally. Accuracy of tank level gauges is beyond the scope of this survey. There is debris in the Racor filter bowl. The broker reported that fuel appears in the bilge after the tanks are filled, the source is unknown. There is corrosion on the starboard fuel tank. We noted no fuel leak during our inspection, but the tanks were not filled and no sea trial was performed. There is very little access to the tank vent hose and fittings. There are feed and return line connections and plates with sending units on the top of the tanks in the aft cabin. The starboard cockpit deck drain hoses are loose at a Y connection. The shower sump pump ran continuously when the circuit breaker was turned on. We did not access the sump pump’s float switch. The head sink valves do not function normally, we could not turn water pressure off to the thumb switch on the nozzle.

Summary: Satisfactory


AC system: 30 amp / 125 volt shore power inlet to port in cockpit, shore power cord, 110 / 120 volt system

DC system: Two West Marine (hybrid) 1280 MCA 12 volt batteries in secure and covered plastic boxes in aft cockpit bilge, Sea Volt dual purpose 810 12 volt battery to port in cockpit bilge, three battery switches forward of port berth, 12 volt system

Wiring: Multi-strand wires

Circuit protection: Distribution panel to port aft in cabin includes main and branch AC and DC circuit breakers, GFCI outlet

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. The condition of the batteries is beyond the scope of this inspection. The connection to the positive terminal on the port 4D battery is loose. We found the GFCI outlet tripped upon our arrival and reset it. The shore power inlet and cord were hot and there is discoloration of the shore power inlet. The circuit breakers for the windlass and the autopilot are not labeled. There was no detail information on the plotter. The vessel was on the shore per the chart plotter.

Summary: Satisfactory – Good


Portable fire extinguishers: Two dry chemical units – manufactured in 2015

Fixed fire system: None

Flotation devices: Five type II adult, two type III youth

Horn/distress flares: Electric horn, flares aboard (June 2019)

Navigational/anchor lights: Separate side lights, stern light, combination steaming / anchor light

Anchor & ground tackle: 10 Kg Bruce anchor, chain rode

Other equipment: Two C0 alarms


General equipment: Safety equipment for firefighting protection appears satisfactory. Personal flotation devices are suitable for near coastal use. Current distress signal flares are aboard. A suitable sound signaling is aboard. The navigational and anchor lights are properly arranged, installed and functional. The tender covers the stern light. The ground tackle including the anchor and rode was visually inspected as installed and appears satisfactory. There is no bale for the anchor and there is no swivel in the anchor rode. There is no significant length of line in the anchor rode. There is a short bit of line in the bitter end of the anchor chain, connecting it to the vessel. There is a portable propane can stored aboard the vessel. The carbon monoxide alarms were tested with their test button, proper function and maintenance of the carbon monoxide alarms is beyond the scope of this survey. The entire length of the anchor rode was not inspected and should be inspected prior to use.

Summary: Satisfactory


General equipment: Force 10 water heater with heat exchanger, sea strainer electric engine hatch lift, aft deck hatch lift, Pro Tech 4 battery charger, fish box with macerator pump, Anchor air conditioner, audible engine alarm, water pressure inlet, cockpit shower, inflatable tender, Achilles LEX-88 with HIN ACH00033E516, 4 h.p Yamaha four stroke outboard engine, fiberglass swim platform, zinc anodes on propeller shaft, rudder and trim tabs, Magma bbq grill, courtesy lights, Vetus bow thruster, two pedestal chairs, three windshield wipers, sliding side helm windows, Raymarine multi-function device with radar / plotter / sounder, Simrad AP16 autopilot, engine instrumentation includes tachometer with hour meter, oil, temperature and volts, fuel level gauge, bow plank with anchor roller, opening windshield, opening port lights, Simpson Lowrance two direction electric windlass, sump collector pump, Isotherm 1004202 refrigerator, Origo microwave oven, Princess camping stove, head includes vacu-flush head and sink with shower fixture, water pressure pump, Tank watch 4 holding tank level indicator, Sony stereo


The vessel is a production composite fiberglass power vessel equipped with a single diesel inboard engine. The current owner was not present during the survey. The listing broker reports the current owner has owned the vessel for five years and that the engine and transmission are original. The broker stated that the hull sides were painted one year ago. The broker reports that there was a small amount of fuel noted in the bilge following filling of the tanks, and this is apparently a repetitive condition. The broker disclosed no knowledge of any significant events in the vessels history such as submersions, collisions, fires, etc. The vessel was inspected while hauled and afloat and while being operated at low speed from the slip to the boatyard and back. The vessel appears basically structurally and mechanically sound. Upon completion of the recommendations the vessel should be suitable for its intended purpose as a coastal cruising and fishing vessel.

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.

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


  1. The tender covers the stern light, modify so the navigational lighting system is in compliance with federal and international regulations.
  2. We encourage installing a bale for the anchor roller and a swivel for the anchor rode.
  3. Remove the portable propane canister stored aboard the vessel.
  4. Maintain the carbon monoxide alarms per the manufacture’s recommendations.
  5. Provide a secondary anchor and rode for use in two anchor situations or emergencies.
  6. Clean the fuel filter bowl and fuel as necessary.
  7. Reconnect the starboard cockpit drain hoses which are disconnected from the Y fitting.
  8. Determine why the fuel system leaks when the tanks are filled and address appropriately to eliminate the leak.
  9. Properly secure the positive terminal on the port 4D battery’s positive battery terminal.
  10. Determine why the shore power cord and shore power inlet exhibited heat, service or replace components as necessary.
  11. Properly label all circuit breakers including the autopilot and windlass circuit breakers.
  12. Service the chart potter so it is accurate in the location of the vessel and provides detailed chart information.
  13. Determine the significance of the audible difference in the stringers in the aft cockpit bilge. Address any deficiencies. The audible differences are likely part of the construction based on the visual appearance and homogeneity of the changes.
  14. Repair the loose tabbing on the bulkhead to starboard of the engine and inboard of the battery charger.
  15. Remove or modify the weather stripping about the aft cockpit deck hatch, the loose aluminum presents a personal injury risk. As this appears to be an attempt to reduce the amount of water into the bilge space, consider other modifications.
  16. Improve the non-skid quality of the deck surface.
  17. Upon next haul out properly prepare the hull bottom in the areas which exhibit anti-fouling paint damage prior to repainting to prevent a repetition of “halo damage”.
  18. The boarding ladder is blocked by the tender, assure the vessel has a way of re boarding by the accidental swimmer.
  19. The thruster’s propeller exhibits rotational play, service as necessary.
  20. There is a small nick and minor run out in the propeller and the clients report vibration / shaft wobble, repair the propeller as necessary and address any other cause of vibration / shaft wobble.


  1. Address corrosion on the starboard fuel tank. Eliminate any cause of the corrosion.
  2. Determine why the shower sump pump runs continuously when the circuit breaker is energized and address appropriately.
  3. Service and prove the head sink faucet valve properly functional.
  4. We encourage obtaining a disclosure statement from the current owner regarding any known problems with the vessel and any significant events in the vessels history, such as submersions, collisions, fires, etc.
  5. The DC main circuit breaker needs to be on in order to provide power to the bilge pumps, consider modifications to allow the bilge pumps to always be energized while still providing suitable over current protection to the individual pumps.
  6. There are numerous cracks in the cockpit deck and larger cracks at the radii between the deck and the aft cabin superstructure, address if / as desired or necessary.
  7. There were a few small blisters by the bow thruster, address if / as desired or necessary.
  8. There is paint damage on the shelf below the air conditioner, monitor and address as necessary. Assure that the condensate collector and drain is routed properly and functional.
  9. Address the crazing of the deck hatches as desired.
  10. Consider cleaning the bilge to allow detection of problems displayed by changes in the bilge which are not visible in a dirty bilge.
  11. The following components were not tested or inspected: lp grill, stove, water pressure inlet, trim tabs, tender, outboard engine, all functions of entertainment devices and all functions of navigational 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.

Christian & Company, Marine Surveyors, Inc.

_______________________________ September 13, 2017
By: Mr. Kells Christian, Surveyor
S.A.M.S. – A.M.S. # 301