55′ Carver power boat

27119 - Pangman 001_500


Client: Removed for Privacy “RP”
Date of report: February 11th 2011

Our File #: 11-27119

This inspection was performed upon the request of the client listed above on February 10th 2011 while the vessel was hauled at XXXX, San Diego, California and while afloat at XXXX, San Diego, California.


Builder: Carver
Doc. #: “RP”
Model/type: Californian 55, flybridge
Year: 1991 (model year)
Cockpit MY
Name: “RP”
Hailing Port: San Diego, CA
Engines: Two Caterpillars
Length: 55’ *
Draft: 4’ 3” *
Weight: Travel lift scale inoperative
Beam: 15’ 2” *
Displacement: 46,200 lbs.
*Listing specifications


Keel & bottom: Molded fiberglass construction, unknown core, modified V shape, hard chines, one lifting strake per side forward, black anti-fouling paint

Topsides & transom: Molded fiberglass construction, unknown core, white with black boot stripes, black about aft hull side windows, deck fits over hull in shoe box configuration with horizontal screw fasteners

Decks & superstructure: Molded fiberglass construction, unknown core, white, black stripe about superstructure, nonskid paint particle deck surface

Deck hardware: Stainless steel bow rail, three bow cleats, two sets of side cleats, set of stern cleats with hawes holes, grab rails, upper deck safety rail, foredeck hatch, set of aft deck cleats and hawes holes, sliding windows, opening port lights

Longitudinals/stringers: Fiberglass encased stringers, unknown core

Athwartships/bulkheads/frames: Plywood bulkheads

Layout/interior components: Flybridge, cockpit motor vessel, starboard transom door and port sliding door between cockpit and master stateroom. Ladder to starboard forward in cockpit to aft deck, aft deck has hard top and soft enclosures, wing doors on both sides forward to walk around decks, sofas to port, ladder to port forward to flybridge. Flybridge has helm forward, bench seats to starboard and boat deck aft. Hinged centerline door forward from aft deck to saloon. Aft and down port steps from saloon is master stateroom with center aft island berth and ensuite head to starboard forward. Saloon has sofa to starboard aft and steps on centerline forward to galley to port and dinette to starboard. Engines below saloon sole with access via lifting steps (forward). Head in passageway to master stateroom. Forward cabin has center forward berth and ensuite head to port aft.

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 satisfactory – good structural condition. The hull bottom was not washed prior to survey; marine growth can mask anomalies such as small blisters. There were between twenty and thirty blisters between 1” and 3” in diameter. The blisters were not probed, they were percussion tested and based on the report they originate within the laminate. The bottom paint is thin and failing in spots. There is an unused hole for the starboard inboard swim bracket, it has been moved to accommodate a transom davit assembly (the transom davits have been removed). There was no hole on the interior of the transom correlating to this swim platform bracket hole. The vessel has a slight list to starboard. The hull sides and transom were visually inspected and randomly sounded. The hull sides and transom are in good structural and satisfactory cosmetic condition. The port side boot stripe has been rubbed through aft of amidships. There is an apparent gelcoat patch above the port boot stripe aft of amidships, the rough dimensions of this patch are 15’ long x 2’ high. Several of the discharge through hulls exhibit sun damage and at least one is cracked. There was a small circular patch visible forward of the tank vent aft on the starboard hull side. The deck and superstructure were visually inspected and randomly sounded. The deck and superstructure are in good structural and cosmetic condition. There are rust stains under the foredeck sun pads. There are stress cracks by the transom door threshold. 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. There is corrosion on several of the window frames. The upper lifeline is missing from the starboard boarding gate. There is corrosion on the cockpit to cabin door. The port side window in the master stateroom is missing a seal between the window panels. 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 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 – good cosmetic condition. The mirror in the master stateroom is discolored, this often results from moisture. The wooden galley sole is “distressed”. 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: Satisfactory – Good


Main engines: Two Caterpillars, model 3208, 425-hp each, hours on meters: 1865 & 1843

Engine application: Diesel, inboard, 8 cylinders, turbocharged, after cooled

Serial Numbers: S – 01Z10967, P – 01Z19973

Transmissions: Twin Disc model MG-507-1, ratio 2.54:1, serial numbers not legible

External/peripherals: Suitable application, satisfactory installation, PTO on port engine, plastic remote coolant reservoirs

Engine controls: Hynautic hydraulic controls, reservoir to starboard aft in engine room, cockpit and flybridge stations

Exhaust systems: Wet system, flexible hoses, fiberglass tubes, fiberglass mufflers, transom discharges

Propulsion gear/shaft logs: 30 x 28 4 blade bronze counter rotating propellers, 2.5” diameter stainless steel propeller shafts (two piece with external couplers), two struts per shaft, bronze packing glands

Steering system/rudder ports: Bronze rudders, Hynautic hydraulic system, single actuator with tie bar, bronze packing glands, reservoir in lazarette, cockpit and flybridge stations

Ventilation: Engine room blowers

Generator: 20 KW Onan model 20MDL4JIB, serial number K880176797, hours on meter: 2292

External/peripherals: Suitable application, satisfactory installation, sound insulation box, plastic remote coolant reservoir

Through hulls & components: Bronze through hulls, bronze ball valves, bonded

Location of through hulls as visible in travel lift slings: Port – fin stabilizer forward of amidships, one forward of amidships with screen, two amidships (one with screen), transducer amidships, two aft (one with screen), Starboard – two with screens aft, transducer aft, two transducers amidships, two with screens amidships, fin stabilizer forward of amidships, two forward of amidships (one with screen), transducer forward of amidships

Seawater systems: Reinforced hoses, mostly double clamped connections

Bilge pumps: Two Rule 500 fully automatic pumps forward in engine room, submersible electric/automatic aft

Comments: The engines and transmissions were visually inspected and tested during a sea trial. The client had the engines and transmissions inspected by a mechanic, please refer to the mechanical survey report for greater detail as to the condition of the machine systems. The external surfaces and peripheral components of the engines and transmissions appear satisfactory. There is corrosion about a fitting on the bottom of the starboard after cooler and below this. The current owner reports that a previous leak at this location has been repaired. There is light corrosion on the transmission oil coolers. The color of the coolant in the remote reservoirs is different. The engine controls functioned normally. The engines were started cold and started quickly. Smoke opacity appeared normal. Wide open throttle per the tachometers was 2800-rpms and the top speed of the vessel was 17.5 knots in the ocean in moderate sea conditions. The cockpit engine instrumentation is damaged, one tachometer is inoperative and the other two gauges are completely illegible. The exhaust system is properly arranged and installed. The propulsion components including the propellers, propeller shafts, struts and shaft seals were visually inspected. The propellers were percussion tested and spun with a fixed object adjacent to the blades. The propeller shafts were manipulated in the struts and observed while underway. Overall the propulsion components are in satisfactory – good condition. The port propeller shaft is low in the propeller shaft tube, as visible from the exterior of the vessel. The steering system was visually inspected and test operated. The steering system functioned normally. The steering reservoir is low on fluid. There is a slight water leak at the port rudder port. The starboard fin stabilizer was manipulated by hand when the vessel was hauled and the port fin stabilizer would not move; later the port fin stabilizer could be moved by hand. The bow thruster did not function as anticipated. There is corrosion on the thruster’s propeller and the zinc is missing. There is rusty water weeping from the starboard stabilizer, into the bilge. The trim tabs function is questionable and we could not determine the level of fluid in the reservoir. The engine room blowers were energized. The generator was visually inspected, test operated and loaded. The generator functioned normally. There is tape over a bulge in the generator’s exhaust hose, before the muffler. There is fuel in the generator’s drip pan. The through hulls were visually inspected and the valves were manipulated. The through hulls are in satisfactory condition. We could not move the through hull valves for the water maker, port engine and two through hulls located to starboard in the lazarette; one is outboard of the fuel tank. The seawater systems were visually inspected and most components were tested. Overall, the seawater systems are in satisfactory – good condition. The electric bilge pumps were energized with their float switches. The aft bilge pump is loud. There are salt crystals visible on most of the internal sea strainers.

Summary: Satisfactory


Fuel: 650 gallon capacity* in a aluminum tank below cockpit sole, second tank below water tank in aft cabin bilge (three tanks) *

Fill & vent: Two deck fill fittings to port of cockpit

Feed & return: Flexible hoses, Racor filters

Water: Deck fill fitting to starboard of cockpit, aluminum tank below aft berth, 210 gallon capacity *

Holding: Deck fill fitting to starboard of cockpit and to port amidships, aluminum tank in galley bilge, 100 gallon capacity *

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. Accuracy of tank level gauges is beyond the scope of this survey. There are salt crystals visible about the water maker pump outboard of the starboard engine. A discharge through hull located above the waterline to starboard in the lazarette has a wood plug installed in it. There is an unused through hull to port in the lazarette; its valve is closed and the hose has a wooden bung. The current owner states that the Tank Tender unit in the master stateroom serves the water tank; there is no key to convert inches to gallons.

Summary: Satisfactory – Good


AC system: 240V/50A and 120V/30A inlets on both sides amidships, 120 & 240 volt system

DC system: Two Trojan 6 volt wet cell batteries outboard of port engine and six in center forward engine room, four 12-volt 8D wet cell batteries between engines, all batteries covered and secure, three battery switches below steps into saloon, 12 volt system

Wiring: Multi-strand wires

Circuit protection: Main AC circuit breaker on generator, fuse bank aft in engine room, G.F.C.I. outlets, sub panel on flybridge, main panel to starboard in saloon includes main AC circuit breakers, branch AC & DC circuit breakers, two AC voltmeters, two AC ammeters, hertzmeter, two DC voltmeters, two DC ammeters

Comments: The electrical system including the shore power cord, shore power inlets, 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. The age and condition of the batteries is beyond the scope of this inspection. The starboard forward paddlewheel transducer is missing its paddle. There was no speed on the Raymarine multi-function instrument from the paddlewheel. The DC engine room lights were not illuminated while we were in the engine room, none of the lights have lenses. Welding cable is in use, at least at the inverter. There is a device located forward in the starboard lazarette, accessible from the master stateroom which is connected to large electrical cables. The device has a cover which is not secure and the higher component is not secure. This may be a junction box for the davit. There is heat damage at the dock end of the shore power cord. The weather cover for the port 30 amp shore power inlet was not removed; it was stiff. The port aft hardtop light is inoperative. The remote spotlight is inoperative. The hailer is not properly functional. The flybridge courtesy lights are inoperative. There are dead end AC electrical wires below the flybridge bench seat. The function of the trim tabs is questionable. There is a vent hose disconnected from a blower in the engine room. There was no pressure felt when the aft head vent fan was energized. The intercom is not properly functional. The water heater is badly corroded, has exposed insulation and there is water surrounding the heater.

Summary: Satisfactory – Good


Portable fire extinguishers: Dry chemical unit on flybridge, two in galley, one in forward cabin (2008)

Fixed fire system: Fireboy model 200CG, halon 1301, annual maintenance tag date July 2008

Flotation devices: Fifteen adult type II and two throwable type cushions

Horn/distress flares: Flares aboard (September and November 2011), air horn

Navigational/anchor lights: Separate sidelights, stern light, masthead/steaming light, all around anchor light

Anchor & ground tackle: Fortress FX-85 anchor, chain and line rode

Other equipment: Ship’s bell, 6 person Avon coastline life raft (service due 05/09) with hydrostatic release (10/2010), 406 MHz EPIRB with current battery (2014) and hydrostatic release (2011), three CO detectors

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. Current distress signal flares are aboard. A suitable sound signaling device is aboard. The navigational and anchor lights are properly arranged, installed and functional. The starboard navigational light is inoperative. The ground tackle including the anchor and rode was visually inspected as installed and appears satisfactory. The entire length of the anchor rode was not inspected and should be inspected prior to use. The anchor became bound while retrieving it; there is no swivel on the anchor shackle. There is no spare anchor or rode aboard. The flybridge compass has an air bubble. The saloon forward cabin carbon monoxide alarms made no sound when their test buttons were pushed.

Summary: Satisfactory


Navigational & operational electronics: Garmin 3010C GPS MAP with sonar, Ritchie Powerdamp compass, Furuno FAP-55 autopilot, ICOM IC-M500 VHF/hailer, Raymarine E120 chart plotter/radar/sounder, Impulse QT-206 digital fathometer

Saloon – Furuno FAP-55 autopilot, KVH Azimuth 100 electronic compass, Signet Landmark instrument, ICOM IC-M56 VHF

General equipment: Swim platform, transom door, outriggers, TV/telephone inlet, kelp plates forward of stabilizers, two transom underwater lights, boarding ladder, trim tabs, isinglass aft deck enclosure, cockpit floodlights, flybridge bimini top and isinglass enclosure, TV antenna, internal sea strainers, engine room lights, propeller shaft “wipers” (bonding), Scepter water maker, intercom, fuel transfer system, Xantrex battery charger, Naiad fin stabilizers, Xantrex Freedom Marine 30 inverter, second Xantrex battery charger, water pressure pump with accumulator tank, electric waste discharge pump, waste Y valve, manual waste discharge pump, portable fighting chair, two raw water pumps in lazarette, cockpit shower fitting, cockpit freshwater and seawater spigots, fiberglass bow plank with anchor roller, foredeck sun pad, remote controlled spotlight, aft deck furniture, U-Line icemaker, aft deck wet bar, window covers, Caribe rigid hulled inflatable model DL-12 with HIN VE-EMD02008C303 equipped with a 40 hp Honda four stroke outboard engine with serial number BAYS3300020 (difficult to read), RosKelly? tender davit, tender chocks, radar arch, arch light, Maxwell 2200 two direction electric windlass with foredeck and flybridge controls, two flybridge pedestal helm chairs and bench seat, venturi windscreen, flybridge engine instrumentation includes two digital tachometers, two oil pressure, two water temperature and two voltmeters, rudder angle indicator, Glendinning engine synchronizer, two engine hour meters, two fuel tank level gauges, Bennett auto tab controls on aft deck, saloon, master stateroom and forward cabin, cockpit engine instrumentation includes two tachometers and two illegible gauges, burglar alarm, single tank Tank Tender level indicator, cedar lined lockers, automatic locker light, vanity desk, Seth Thomas ship’s clock, master head has sink, tub/shower enclosure and Vacu-flush head, Tank Watch holding tank warning light, head vent fan, aft sump pump and collector box, flat screen TV in master, indirect lights, blinds, aft head has fan, sink and Vacu-flush head, Weems & Plath ship’s clock and barometer, GE clothes washer and dryer, LG flat screen TV in saloon, Sony VCR/DVD, sofa, chair, speaker selector, Kenwood and Panasonic stereo system, Sirius satellite, stereo receiver, GE refrigerator/freezer, GE toaster oven, Sharp Carousel II convection/microwave oven and cook book, Origo 4-burner electric stove, double galley sink, two remote battery charger controllers, Xantrex Link 2000 inverter controller, dinette, 19 gallon water heater, electric waste discharge pump, forward? sump pump and collector box, forward head has fan, sink, shower enclosure and Vacu-flush head, forward waste tank full indicator light


The vessel is a fiberglass, cockpit, motor vessel equipped with two diesel engines and a diesel generator. The engines, transmission and generator are original. The current owner purchased the vessel in 2008. The vessel was likely manufactured in Pulaski, Wisconsin. The vessel is structurally and mechanically sound and suitable for its intended purpose as a coastal cruising vessel. The current owner’s broker disclosed that the bow thruster is not functioning properly and the cockpit engine instruments are damaged. The broker reports that the vessel has seen very little use in the fall or winter prior to the survey. The broker reported no knowledge of any significant events in the vessel’s history, such as submersions, collisions, fires etc… Upon completion of the recommendations, the vessel should be well suited for its intended purpose.

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. Service the extinguishers per N.F.P.A. recommendations.
2. Provide a secondary anchor and rode for use in two anchor situations or emergencies.
3. Modify the primary anchor and hardware to allow the anchor to be retrieved without becoming bound in the anchor roller.
4. Service and prove the navigational light properly functional.
5. Service and prove the saloon and forward carbon monoxide alarms properly functional.
6. Replace the discharge through hulls located above the waterline which exhibit significant UV damage or cracks. Monitor the other through hulls and replace as needed.
7. Either repair the stress cracks near the transom door threshold or monitor and repair as necessary.
8. Replace the missing lifeline in the starboard boarding gate.
9. Assure that the stabilizers are properly functional; the starboard stabilizer moved upon haul out and the port stabilizer did not, but would move later. Address any deficiencies.
10. Provide and install a sacrificial zinc anode on the bow thruster; the zinc anode is missing and there is corrosion on the propeller for the thruster.
11. Service to eliminate weeping at the starboard fin stabilizer, clean rusty water weeping from the stabilizer to allow detection of any future weeps or leaks.
12. Determine the significance of the tape on the generator’s exhaust hose, before the muffler and address any deficiencies appropriately.
13. Service to eliminate the fuel leak causing fuel to accumulate in the generator’s drip pan, clean fuel from the pan to allow detection of any future weeps or leaks.
14. Free up and prove all stiff or seized through hull valves including the water maker, the port engine and two through hull valves to starboard in the lazarette.
15. Eliminate the loud sound from the aft bilge pump or replace the bilge pump.
16. Refill the steering reservoir to the proper level of fluid; service to eliminate any leaks in the system.
17. Replace the cockpit engine instrumentation, it is not useful.
18. Determine the source of the salt crystals about the water maker pump outboard of the starboard engine; eliminate any leaks and clean salt crystals to allow detection of any future leaks.
19. Either remove and patch or properly cap the unused discharge through hull to starboard in the lazarette above the waterline. It currently has a wood plug installed.
20. Properly cap or plug the unused through hull to port in the lazarette.
21. Service to eliminate the air bubble in the flybridge compass.
22. Replace the missing paddle from the starboard forward paddlewheel transducer as desired.
23. Provide and install lenses for the four engine room DC dome lights.
24. A device which is likely the davit junction box is unsecured and the cover is split forward in the starboard lazarette; assure this installation is in compliance with A.B.Y.C. recommendations, secure the cover and secure the box.
25. Replace the connector which exhibits damage at the dock end of the shore power cord.
26. Assure that the dead end AC wires below the flybridge seat are de-energized or remove the wires.
27. The water heater is badly corroded; replace the water heater.
28. Assure that the pressure relief valve is equipped with a hose and the hose is run to the bilge.
29. Service and prove the bow thruster properly functional.


1. Service and prove the intercom functional or replace as desired.
2. Reconnect the hose, which is disconnected from the blower in the engine room.
3. Assure that the master stateroom forced vent system is properly functional.
4. Assure that the trim tabs are properly functional as desired, service the system as necessary.
5. Service the various inoperative lights including the flybridge courtesy lights and the port aft hardtop light.
6. Service and prove the hailer properly functional.
7. Service and prove the remote control spotlight properly functional.
8. Free up the cover for the port 30 amp shore power inlet; inspect the inlet and address any deficiencies.
9. Welding cable is in use; at least at the inverter. While welding cable is an excellent current carrying conductor, it is prohibited by A.B.Y.C. recommendations. Either replace the welding cable or monitor it and replace as necessary.
10. The broker reports that the water maker has been customized with removing sensors; determine the significance and address appropriately.
11. Develop a key for the water tank tender unit.
12. Assure that the cooling of both engines is the same.
13. Service to eliminate the slight water leak at the port rudder port.
14. Service as a result of surface corrosion on the transmission oil coolers.
15. Remove corrosion about the fitting and on the bottom of the starboard engine’s after cooler and below it. Paint to allow detection of any future leaks.
16. Service as a result of salt crystals on all of the internal seal strainers.
17. Either repair the blisters on the hull bottom or monitor and repair as desired. We encourage repairing all blisters over 3” in diameter.
18. Properly prepare the hull bottom where paint is missing and repaint the hull bottom.
19. Address the cosmetic damage to the port side boot stripe aft of amidships.
20. Address the cosmetic appearance of the patch about the port side boot stripe; the patch is an approximate 15’ x 2’ rectangle.
21. Address the slight list to starboard as desired.
22. Address corrosion on hardware including window frames and cockpit to master stateroom door.
23. Remove the rust stains below the sun pads on the foredeck; do not store the sun pads on the foredeck to prevent damage.
24. Provide a seal where missing in the port window in the master stateroom.
25. Address discoloration of the mirror in the master stateroom as desired.
26. Either repair to remove damage to the galley sole or officially classify the sole as “distressed”.
27. The following components were not tested or inspected and this list was discussed with the client at the time of survey: water pressure inlets, burglar alarm, clothes washer, waste discharge pumps, raw water wash down and bait system components, oil change system, water maker, 30 amp shore power inlets, TV/telephone inlets, underwater lights.

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.

________________________________ February 11th 2011
By: Mr. Kells Christian, Surveyor Date
S.A.M.S. – A.M.S. # 301