60′ Shannon ketch




Client:   Removed for privacy Date of report: November 2, 2015


Our file #:       15 – 28633


This inspection was performed upon the request of the client listed above on October 29, 2015 while the vessel was hauled at Driscoll Boat Works, 2500 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, California and Mr. remove for privacy attended.




Builder:       Schulz Boat Co. Inc. * Doc. #:          Removed for privacy
Model/type: Shannon 53 / ketch HIN:               Removed for privacy
Year:           2013 Engines:       Two Yanmar
Length:       60’ Name:           “Removed for privacy”
Draft:           4’ 10” Hailing Port:   Removed for privacy
Beam:         17’ 6”

* Documentation

Displacement: 51,000 lb.






Keel & bottom: Molded fiberglass construction, unknown core, round chines, molded keel, black anti-fouling paint, 13,500 lb. ballast


Topsides & transom: Molded fiberglass construction, unknown core, transom stern, red with black boot stripe


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


Deck hardware: Stainless steel bow rail, fiberglass toe rails / gunnels, stainless steel stanchions, two lifelines, grab rails, set of bow cleats, two sets of side cleats, opening port lights, four forward cabin top hatches, bow bit, two main cabin top hatches and two companionways


Longitudinals/stringers: Fiberglass encased stringers, unknown core


Athwartships/bulkheads/frames: Plywood (apparently) bulkheads


Layout/interior components: Raised center cockpit, aft deck, side decks, door from aft deck to aft cabin with berth to port, head to starboard and work room forward of head.   Steps up from this area to saloon, engines below saloon with sole hatch access entry into saloon to starboard aft and on both sides, saloon has dining area to port, down and forward from saloon is galley to port, bunk berths to starboard, day head next forward to starboard and cabin forward with V-berth and port aft ensuite head.


Bilge: Holding minimal water


Comments: The vessel was inspected while hauled. The hull bottom was visually inspected and randomly sounded.   The hull bottom is in good structural condition.  The hull sides and transom were visually inspected. The hull sides and transom are in good structural and cosmetic condition.  There are “blisters” on both hull sides amidships.  There are approximately ten blisters on the port side and slightly less to starboard.  The blisters were not probed or percussion tested, their cause and significance is beyond the scope of this survey.  There is a cosmetic “patch” on the starboard hull side at the transom.  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.  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 minimal 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 hull, deck and elsewhere as applicable is beyond the scope of this survey.  There is moisture and corrosion in the lazarette.


Summary: Good – Excellent




Main engines: Two Yanmar, model 4JH4-HTE, 80.9 KW @ 3,200 rpms


Engine application: Diesel, 4 cylinders, inboard, turbocharged


Serial Numbers: P – E24450, S – E24458


Transmissions: ZF30M, ratio A=2.69, B=2.63, starboard serial number 20249910, port serial number 20140868


External/peripherals: Suitable application, satisfactory installation


Engine controls: Glendinning electronic engine controls, two exterior and one interior stations


Exhaust systems: Wet system, flexible hoses, plastic water lift mufflers


Propulsion gear/shaft logs: PYI dripless shaft seals, propulsion components removed


Steering system/rudder ports: Mechanical system, fiberglass encased rudders (unknown core), bronze packing glands, two exterior stations, one interior station


Ventilation: Natural


Generator: 9 KW Onan, model 9MDKBL-S174F, serial # C130470475


Through hulls & components: Bronze through hulls, bronze seacocks, not bonded


Located of through hulls as visible in travel lift slings: Port – three amidships – two with screens, underway light aft and one on centerline, Starboard – underwater light aft, two aft of amidships, three amidships, paddle wheel transducer forward


Seawater systems: Reinforced hoses, double clamped connections


Bilge pumps: Two submersible electric / automatic


Comments: The engines and transmissions were visually inspected. This survey is not a mechanical survey.   Please consult with a qualified mechanic for greater detail as to the condition of the machine systems.  The external surfaces and peripheral components of the engines and transmissions appear good.  The owner’s representative stated that the starboard transmission is new and was installed the week prior to our inspection.  The engine controls were not tested.  The exhaust system is properly arranged and installed.  Both propeller shafts were removed at the time of our inspection.  The owner’s representative stated that there was an issue with vibration, the propellers and propeller shafts were machine trued and balanced.  The propeller shafts were being reinstalled at the end of our inspection.  We did not inspect the vessel while afloat therefore the engines were not tested and no sea trial was performed.  The steering system was visually inspected and appears satisfactory.  The generator was visually inspected.  The generator appears good.  The through hulls were visually inspected and some 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 appear in good condition. The electric bilge pumps were visually inspected and appear good.


Summary: Good – Excellent




Fuel: 72 gallon aluminum tank to starboard aft, 117 gallons to port aft, three tanks in engine room bilge on centerline, total capacity unknown


Fill & vent: Three deck fill fittings to starboard forward of amidships, two deck fill fittings on gunnel to starboard forward of aft deck, hoses mostly not accessible


Feed & return: Dual Racor filters with vacuum gauges, flexible hoses


Water: Deck fill fittings to port forward of amidships and to starboard aft of amidships, stainless steel forward in aft passageway bilge, unknown capacity


Holding: Two deck fittings to starboard aft of amidships, two plastic tanks to starboard in engine room, unknown 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 hoses 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.  The vessel has been out of the water for several weeks.  The holding tanks and gray water tanks were reportedly full.  The forward shower pan was holding water and had a foul odor.  The crew was working in the galley during our inspection consolidating and preparing for a cruise.  The crew stated that they have been unable to have the black and gray water tanks pumped while hauled.


Summary: Good – Excellent




AC system: 50A/125/250V shore power inlet to starboard amidships, shore power cord 110 volt system


DC system: 12 & 24 volt system, three battery switches to starboard aft in saloon, nine 6-volt batteries forward in engine room per label – box not opened, battery by generator, second battery bank to port aft in engine room – not inspected


Wiring: Multi-strand wires


Circuit protection: G.F.C.I. outlets, distribution panel in workroom includes main AC circuit breakers, branch AC & DC circuit breakers, two digital AC meters, two digital DC meters, main 240V AC circuit breaker outboard of panel


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.  We did not access and inspect the batteries.  The condition and age of the batteries is beyond the scope of this survey.  There is no locking ring or weather cover on the shore power cord connector.


Summary: Good – Excellent




Portable fire extinguishers: Five dry chemical units – 10/2014 tag dates, one 10 lb. dry chemical, one CO2 unit


Fixed fire system: Sea Fire FD800 HFC-227ea unit – manufactured 8/2014


Flotation devices: Ring buoy with MOB strobe, seven inflatable type harnesses


Horn/distress flares: Canister air horns, flares not seen


Navigational/anchor lights: Separate sidelights, masthead / steaming light


Anchor & ground tackle: 80 lb. and larger Manson anchors, chain


Other equipment: MOM 8A module, Jonbuoy recovery module, EPIRB, Winslow 8 person life raft (May 2017), abandon ship kit, four Mustang survival suits, CO alarm


Comments: Safety equipment for firefighting protection appears satisfactory – good. Personal flotation devices appear suitable for near coastal use. We did not see distress signal flares.  A suitable sound signaling device is aboard.  The navigational and anchor lights are properly arranged and installed.  The ground tackle including the anchor and rode was visually inspected as installed and appears satisfactory.  The 80 lb. Manson anchor does not have a safety retaining wire in its shackle.  The entire length of the anchor rode was not inspected and should be inspected prior to use.


Summary: Good




Tanks: Three tanks in dedicated locker to port in cockpit


Devices: Reducing regulator, two pressure gauges, electric solenoid valve, galley range


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. We did not see a propane alarm.


Summary: Satisfactory




Mast & rig type: Two aluminum masts, cutter ketch rigged, main / forward mast is keel stepped, aft mast is deck stepped


Standing rigging: Multi-strand stainless steel wires, mechanical end fittings, forestay, inner forestay, two lowers, one discontinuous upper, one jumper and one aft shroud and split backstay or main mast, mizzen has stay to main mast, one lower, one intermediate and one upper shroud per side


Hardware: Two Schaeffer Marine in boom roller furling assemblies, external sail tracks on masts, Forespar composite spinnaker pole, two Schaeffer System 3100 roller furling assemblies, boom vang


Winches: Two Lewmar # 45, one Lewmar # 50, two Harken # 50, Lewmar # 60, two Lewmar # 65, four cockpit winches are electric


Sails: Two in boom roller furling sails, two roller furling headsails



Comments: The masts and associated rigging were visually inspected from the deck level only. The vessel was not sailed.  The condition of the sails and aloft components is beyond the scope of this survey.  The vessel was not taken on a sea trial and sailed during the survey.  The bottom of the forestay’s chain plate is lifting.


Summary: Good




General equipment: Swim platform with wet lockers, boarding ladder, aft deck hardtop, transom shower, bbq grill, two aft floodlights, Hurricane diesel heater, Brownies Yacht Pro 25 dive compressor, two down riggers, fishing equipment, helm area enclosure with rigid frame and soft top, dodger, various covers, spreader lights, fiberglass bow plank with two anchor rollers, various covers, spreader lights, fiberglass bow plank with two anchor rollers, two Lofrans Project 1500 electric windlasses, foredeck wash down, three windshield wipers, davit (unlabeled), surfboards, kayaks, satellite phone, Furuno Navnet TZ touch multi-function device, two Yanmar electric engine instrumentation sets, ICOM Command Mic II VHF, Side Power bow thruster, three Furuno Navpilot autopilot controls, Fusion MS-RA205 stereo, Ritchie compass, Furuno RD-33, exterior seating, table and portable refrigerator, Ariston clothes washer and dryer, Marine Air air conditioning with five controls, plastic gray water tank with discharge pump, aft head includes electric head, sink and shower enclosure, fuel polisher, ship’s deck and barometer, dinette, Charles Isoboost 50 soft start transformer, Raritan water heater, two water pressure pumps, internal sea strainers, water pressure accumulator tank, oil change system, Spectra water maker, interior helm station includes two engine instrumentation sets, Furuno FI-50 digital repeater, Furuno FI50-wind, Blue Sea VSM Systems monitor, Furuno GP-33, Victron energy VE.NET blue power panel, Ritchie compass, ICOM IC-M504 VHF, iridium satellite telephone, three handheld VHFs, two spotlights, two pedestal helm seats, galley sink, galley refrigerator and freezer, Mediterranean 3 burner LP gas range, Chrissie’s stateroom, West Bend microwave oven, cabin fans, day head with electric head and sink, forward head includes electric head, shower enclosure and sink




The vessel is a composite fiberglass sailboat equipped with two diesel engines. The vessel was built in Rhode Island, U.S.A.   Mr. removed for privacy stated that he commissioned the vessel to be built, but problems with the builder resulted in removed for privacy  Mr. removed for privacy stated that the vessel was launched in July 2014 and completed in November 2014.  The vessel has a wide beam and thus large interior capacity.  The vessel is in good overall condition.


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.  In most instances the data found while researching the value is stored in our file for this survey.  We primarily use market value analysis methodology for determination of value.



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




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. Complete the installation of the propulsion components including the propeller shaft, propellers and address any remaining vibration as necessary.
  2. The bottom of the forestay’s chain plate is lifting at the lower bolt, properly secure this connection.
  3. Provide and install a safety retaining wire in the 80 lb. Manson’s shackle.
  4. Provide a locking ring and weather cover for the shore power cord boat end connector.
  5. We encourage the installation of a propane alarm if one is not installed.




  1. Address the “blisters” in the hull paint amidships on both sides as desired.
  2. Improve the cosmetic appearance of the “patch” on the starboard hull aft at the transom as desired.
  3. Address the high moisture condition and corrosion on metal components in the lazarette. Dry and ventilate to prevent a repetition.
  4. Address the odor including the standing water in the forward shower pan and the full black and gray water tanks.


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.


________________________________                                     November 2, 2015_____

By: Mr. Kells Christian, Surveyor                                              Date

S.A.M.S. – A.M.S. # 301