43′ Benneteau sailboat



Client: Removed for privacy
Date of report: April 5th 2011
Our File #: Removed for privacy

This inspection was performed upon the request of the client listed above on April 4th 2011 while the vessel was afloat and the seller briefly attended.


Builder: Beneteau
Doc. #: Removed for privacy
Model/type: Oceanis 423
HIN: Removed for privacy
Year: 2006 model year
Engine: Yanmar 4JH4E
Length: 43’ 2” *
Name: Removed for privacy
Draft: 6’ 11” *
Hailing Port: Removed for privacy
Beam: 12’ 11” *
Weight: Unknown
* Broker’s specifications Displacement: 19,797 *


Keel & bottom: Molded fiberglass construction, unknown core, fin keel, external bolt on ballast, spade rudder, black anti-fouling paint

Topsides & transom: Molded fiberglass construction, unknown core, transom stern, white gelcoat finish, blue and gray accent stripes

Decks & superstructure: Molded fiberglass construction, unknown core, white pattern nonskid decks, white gelcoat vertical surfaces, wood toe rails and plank wood cockpit seats and transom decks

Deck hardware: Stainless steel bow and stern rails, five stainless steel stanchions port and starboard, double vinyl coated stainless steel wire cable lifelines, stainless steel swim ladder, four stainless steel grab rails, two dorade vents, six alloy mooring cleats, double stainless steel bow anchor roller, stainless steel dinghy davit, outboard engine mount, two plastic stern rail seats, seven opening port lights, nine non opening port lights, seven plastic deck hatches

Longitudinals/stringers: Molded fiberglass hull liner construction, unknown core

Athwartships/bulkheads/frames: Plywood construction

Layout/interior components: Aft cockpit, center companionway, engine below cockpit, galley to starboard, stateroom aft to port, head to port, navigation station to port, main saloon, forward stateroom with head

Bilge: Clean and dry

Comments: The vessel was inspected while afloat. The vessel was not hauled during this inspection. The condition of the hull bottom, keel and rudder is unknown. The condition of the anti-fouling paint is unknown. 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 good 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 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 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.

Summary: Good


Main engine: Yanmar 4JH4E

Engine application: Diesel, 4 cylinders, freshwater cooled, inboard, 36.8 KW @ 2900 rpms

Serial Number: Removed for privacy

Transmissions: Kanzaki

External/peripherals: Fuel water separator, external coolant reservoir, raw water filter, 12V alternator

Engine controls: Single lever push pull cable control

Exhaust systems: Wet system, flexible hoses, double stainless steel hose clamp connections, plastic muffler, starboard stern discharge

Propulsion gear/shaft logs: 1” stainless steel propeller shaft, dripless type packing gland, fiberglass propeller shaft tube

Steering system/rudder ports: Wheel steering, cable quadrant control, fiberglass spade rudder, unknown core, fiberglass rudder port

Ventilation: One blower

Generator: N/A

Through hulls & components: Bronze fittings, bronze ball valves

Location of through hulls as visible in travel lift slings: Vessel not hauled

Seawater systems: Flexible hoses single and double stainless steel hose clamp connections

Bilge pumps: One manual Plastimo 925 located in starboard cockpit, one electric/ automatic type pump, pick up located in bilge

Comments: The engine and transmission were visually inspected only. The engine was not test operated during this inspection. Please consider having a qualified marine mechanic inspect and provide a report as to the condition of the engine and related machine systems. 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. The propulsion components were inspected as possible as the vessel was not hauled. The condition of the propeller and propeller shaft strut is unknown. The shaft seal was visually inspected and appears to be in satisfactory condition. Overall the propulsion components are in satisfactory condition as visible. The steering system was visually inspected and test operated. The steering system functioned normally. The engine room blower was briefly energized and functioned normally. The through hulls were visually inspected and the valves were manipulated. The through hulls are in good condition. The seawater systems were visually inspected and most components were tested. Overall, the seawater systems are in as-built condition. The electric bilge pump was energized manually using the switch located on the DC distribution panel. The manual bilge pump was not tested.

Summary: Good


Fuel: One plastic tank, unknown capacity, located below aft stateroom bunk, fuel shutoff at tank and filter

Fill & vent: Double and single stainless steel hose clamp connections, flexible hoses

Feed & return: Flexible hoses, double stainless steel hose clamp connections

Water: Two plastic water tanks, unknown capacity, located below forward V-berth and aft below port cockpit

Holding: Two plastic tanks, unknown capacity, one located in each head

Comments: The fuel system including the tanks, fill, vent, feed and return lines was 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 and holding) 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. The water heater was briefly tested and functioned normally. Accuracy of tank level gauges is beyond the scope of this survey.

Summary: Good


AC system: 30A 125 system, one inlet located on port transom, one shore power cord, six outlets

DC system: 12V system, two 8D type wet cell batteries located forward of engine

Wiring: Multi-strand vinyl coated cables, crimp on and mechanical type connections

Circuit protection: AC & DC main and branch circuit breaker protection, battery disconnect switches

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 good condition. The condition of the batteries is beyond the scope of this inspection.

Summary: Good


Portable fire extinguishers: Three ABC portable fire extinguishers with expired certification

Fixed fire system: N/A

Flotation devices: Three adult type II, eight adult type I with strobe lights

Horn/distress flares: Air canister type horn, expired flares

Navigational/anchor lights: Bow rail mounted combination light, stern mounted light, mast mounted steaming and anchor light

Anchor & ground tackle: One Bruce type anchor with 5/16” chain and 5/8” line (approx.) rode, one Danforth type anchor with ¼” chain and 7/16” line rode

Other equipment: Emergency tiller, life sling, horseshoe buoy, carbon monoxide alarm, first aid kit

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. The visual distress signal flares seen onboard the vessel are expired. An air canister type sound signaling device was seen. 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 however the anchor rode exhibits marine growth.

The entire length of the anchor rode was not inspected and should be inspected prior to use.

Summary: Satisfactory


Tanks: One aluminum tank located in designated cockpit locker

Devices: Pressure reducing valve, pressure gauge, electric shutoff solenoid

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 good. The vessel is equipped with a carbon monoxide alarm.

Summary: Good


Mast & rig type: Aluminum double spreader deck stepped sloop rig, internal mainsail furler, aluminum boom, mast and boom clear anodized finish

Standing rigging: Stainless steel multi-strand wire cables, discontinuous rigging, roller swage end terminations, open bronze turnbuckles, Hood roller furling headstay

Hardware: Port and Starboard head sail tracks, nine Spinlock line clutches, solid lifting type vang, adjustable main sail traveler, miscellaneous turning blocks

Winches: Two # 40, two # 48, Lewmar winches all self tailing

Sails: Dacron roller furling main sail, dacron roller furling headsail

Comments: The mast and associated rigging was inspected from the deck level only. The mast and associated rigging is likely original. No significant rust or corrosion was seen on the mast, boom, or standing rigging. The vessel was not taken on a sea trial and sailed during the survey. The sails were not unfurled during this inspection. The age and condition of the sails is unknown.

Summary: Good


General equipment: Yanmar tachometer, VDO fuel, water, temperature gauges, Raymarine ST6002 autopilot, Raymarine E80 GPS, chart plotter/radar, Raymarine ST60 wind, Raymarine ST60 Tridata, Plastimo binnacle compass, binnacle VHF and 12 volt outlets, True Charge 40 battery charger, Xantrex battery monitor, Alpine stereo, ICOM ICM402 VHF, two cockpit speakers, two interior speakers, Newmar galvanic isolator, shore power splitter, Interior cushions, miscellaneous pillows, miscellaneous galley equipment, forward and aft showers, forward and aft manual heads, two head macerators, two shower sump pumps, interior window coverings, three burner range/oven, Tappan microwave oven, water heater, H & C water pressure, double stainless steel galley sink, wood cockpit table, cockpit carpet, Adler Barbour refrigerator, Lewmar electric anchor windlass, transom shower, stainless steel engine davit, canvas work, deck hatches, winch covers, dinghy cover, outboard engine cover, isinglass/canvas dodger, bimini top, wheel cover, cockpit table cover, cockpit cushions, miscellaneous cleaning supplies, Nissan Marine 4 stroke outboard engine model NSF6BS serial # 070273XF, inflatable dinghy with HIN # HV-AVB9279ID505


The vessel is a production built fiberglass cruising sailboat equipped with a diesel engine. The vessel was built by Beneteau Yachts in 2005. The ownership and maintenance history is unknown. The current owner appears to meticulously care for the vessel. The current owner stated that the vessel has been professionally maintained. Please consult with the current owner as to any service records that may be available. The vessel appears to be in as built structural condition and in good cosmetic condition. No disclosure statement was obtained regarding any known problems with the vessel or any significant events in the vessel’s history, such as submersions, collisions, fires, insurance claims etc… The recommendations are minimal and pertain to safety equipment issues. Upon completion of the recommendations the vessel is suitable for its intended purpose as a coastal cruising sailboat.

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. The fire extinguishers seen onboard the vessel have not been inspected and tagged in the past twelve months as recommended by N.F.P.A. and required by federal regulations. Provide currently inspected and tagged fire fighting equipment as recommended by the N.F.P.A. and required by federal regulations.
2. The visual distress signal flares seen onboard the vessel are expired. Provide current visual distress signal flares as required by federal regulations.
3. The anchor rode as seen in the bow anchor locker exhibits moderate marine growth. Service the anchor rode as needed/necessary.

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.

________________________________ April 6th 2011_____
By: Mr. Mike Herlihy, Surveyor Date
S.A.M.S. Associate & Rigger