85′ Kitsap catamaran passenger ferry

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Condition & Valuation

Client:      Removed for privacy Date of report:         January 29, 2014
Our File #:                14-28136
Location: Removed for privacy Date of inspection: January 27, 2014


Builder:         Kitsap Doc. #:               Removed for privacy
Model/type:   Catamaran Passenger Ferry Engine/MFG:     Two Caterpillar C32
Year:             2006 H.P. per:            1549
Length:         85’  (without jet drives) * Serial numbers: S – Removed for privacy
Draft:            4’  (approximate) *                           P – Removed for privacy
Beam:           35’ * Type of install.: Diesel, inboard,
Name:          “Removed for privacy” Twin turbocharged, jet drives
HIN:              Removed for privacy  * Generator:        32 KW Kohler (S)
Hailing Port: Removed for privacy *No tag on second Kohler

* prior survey


The vessel was inspected while hauled. Hull construction material is composite fiberglass.  Deck is constructed of composite fiberglass and above deck structures are constructed of composite fiberglass.  Coring is foam.  Bulkheads are constructed of composite fiberglass.  Overall condition of the hull structure appears satisfactory.  The vessel’s weight is 180,000 lb. (estimate).  Exterior rails and hardware appear good. Cosmetic condition of vessel appears marginal externally and satisfactory internally.  Vessel’s external colors are white.  Below waterline through hull fittings appear satisfactory.  The vessel is equipped with two electric / automatic bilge pumps that appear satisfactory and the bilge is holding moderate water.  The ventilation system consists of blowers and natural ventilation and appears satisfactory.  General housekeeping appears satisfactory.
Summary: Satisfactory


Engines’ external surfaces appear satisfactory and exhibit no significant rust, oil or coolant leaks.   Port engine hour meter exhibits 3070 hours, starboard hour meter is digital and was not energized.  Motor mounts appear satisfactory.  Cooling systems appear satisfactory.  Fuel systems and components appear satisfactory.  Exhaust systems and components appear satisfactory.  Electrical systems and components appear satisfactory.  Engine control systems appear satisfactory.  Steering control systems appear satisfactory.  Propulsion components appear satisfactory.  Generators’ surfaces and motor mounts appear satisfactory.  Generators’ peripheral components and systems appear satisfactory.  Waste system and components appear satisfactory.  General service seawater systems appear satisfactory.
Summary: Satisfactory


There is 2,200 gallon reported capacity in two aluminum tanks located in the bilge aft in the main cabin. Fuel tank surfaces, where visible, appear satisfactory with some surface corrosion and the securing mechanism appears good.  The fuel fill, vent, feed and return lines and components appear satisfactory.  The vessel currently has twenty two 55 gallon plastic drums for additional fuel capacity.
Summary: Satisfactory


The AC shore cord, inlet and connections appear satisfactory (30A inlet is marginal). The AC wiring and outlets appear satisfactory.  The AC main feeds are protected with circuit breakers.  Battery arrangement appears satisfactory.  Batteries are equipped with disconnect switches.  DC wiring appears satisfactory.  Circuit protection for the AC and DC branch system appears satisfactory.  Wire terminations and connections appear satisfactory.  Wire organization and arrangement appears satisfactory.
Summary: Satisfactory


Vessel has four portable fire extinguishers with current certification. Vessel has a FE241 fixed fire suppression system – October 2013.  The safety components include: numerous PFDs and five throwable PFDs; distress flares with current – 2017 certification;  three DBL fifty person life rafts with current certification – 2014; suitable first aid kit; 105 lb. CQR and a 40 lb. Fortress (with chain and line) anchors with chain and line and appears satisfactory.  Navigational and anchor lights appear satisfactory (not tested).  Other safety equipment includes engine driven bilge pump.
Summary: Satisfactory – Good


The vessel was not inspected at its normal slip location.
Summary: N/A


Accessories include: Two pedestal helm chairs, enclosed flybridge pilothouse, Furuno Navnet control with monitor, ICOM IC-M502 VHF, two Caterpillar electronic engine gauges, public address system, pilothouse 12 volt electrical sub panels with two ammeters and two voltmeters, Ritchie Powerdamp plus compass, Hamilton Jet Drive controls, ACR searchlight, ICOM IC-M602 VHF, Furuno Navnet unit, Furuno GPS/WA AS navigator, handheld VHF, air conditioning system (inoperative), JVC TV, starboard wing station, water heater, Racor filters, engine room engine instrumentation includes digital tachometers, hour meters, engine oil pressure, fuel pressure, engine oil temperature, transmission oil temperature, transmission oil pressure and jacket water temperature, bar with beverage refrigerator and sink, two heads, two portable freezers, Maxwell 3500 electric windlass, fiberglass water and holding tanks, one 30A and one 50A shore power inlet, Hamilton jet drives model 521, primary electrical distribution panels in engine room access areas and to port aft in main room


The vessel was a proto-type. It is a passenger carrying catamaran equipped with two diesel engines and two diesel generators.  It was previously a U.S. Coast Guard inspected vessel, but the certificate of inspection has expired.  There have been problems with the dependability of the engines, particularly when operating at the top of intended load range.  Initially the vessel had foils mounted between the hulls though the current owner has removed the foils.  The vessel was inspected hauled.  No components were tested, the engines were not operated and there was no sea trial performed.  The hull bottom and hull sides were percussion tested as accessible.  Overall the vessel appears to be structurally sound.  It was reported that the current owner purchased the vessel in April 2013.  The owner’s representative stated that the vessel attained 13 knots during the delivery to Ensenada on January 18, 2014.  Upgrades since purchase include electrical system upgrades, AC source switching and new batteries.  The fuel system was cleaned, safety system components have been upgraded, all deck hardware has reportedly been re-bedded, the windlass has been repaired and all the windows have been removed and reinstalled.  The owner’s representative, Andrew, stated that the vessel has a temporary Panamanian flag and is scheduled to be delivered to Panama City, Panama.  The vessel is currently hauled and various repairs are underway, including repairs to some delamination about the starboard jet drive.  Upon completion of the recommendations the vessel should be suitable for use as a passenger carrying vessel.
Overall Summary: Satisfactory



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. The actual cash value is best determined by a thorough market search to determine what vessels are available on the market, followed by negotiations between the interested parties. 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.

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

This survey is for the express purpose of insurance and financing. It is not meant as a buyer’s survey.


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. Repair the reported delamination found about the starboard jet drive.
  2. The lifting foils have been cut away, leaving the mounting brackets, monitor these brackets for possible liabilities and address if / as necessary. Consider fully removing the hardware and installing proper patches.
  3. There were audibly detectable differences about hardware components including foil bases and through hull screens. These audible differences appear to be in fairing compound. Either determine the significance of these audible differences and repair as necessary or monitor and repair as necessary.
  4. We found one area which exhibited audible differences on the starboard hull outboard amidships. This area was pointed out to Andrew, marked with tape (blue X) and scheduled for diagnoses. Effect proper repairs.
  5. Utilize the unused and unsecured batteries below the flybridge console, properly secure and cover the batteries. Comply with A.B.Y.C. recommendations or similar standards.
  6. Test and prove the high water alarms properly functional as they were not tested.
  7. Test and prove the bilge pumps properly functional as they were not tested. Consider adding at least two additional bilge pumps with automatic switches.
  8. The fuel fills have been temporarily abandoned to allow the delivery crew to fill the fuel tanks from 55 gallon drums, through the interior of the vessel. Reconnect the external fuel fill fittings following the delivery.
  9. Assure that all temporary fluid storage containers including water and fuel are properly secured throughout the delivery and that caution is taken when transferring fuel to prevent spills.
  10. Repair the starboard aft deck hatch, the latch is loose.
  11. Both engines have repairs underway to their exhaust tubes, complete repairs and assure the system is vapor tight. The insulation on the top of the risers is soft, monitor this area for any problems and address appropriately.
  12. Properly secure various metal covers in the jet drive rooms.
  13. Clean corrosion from electrical components in the areas about the generators. Service to eliminate the cause of the corrosion and repair damage as necessary.
  14. Properly secure the port engine’s sea strainer which is currently secured with a chain.
  15. Repair the 30 amp shore power inlet which has heat damage.       Inspect the 50 amp shore power inlet and cord as they were not inspected and address any deficiencies.


  1. Address the corrosion below the water heater and service to eliminate any weeps or leaks.
  2. The vessel has six metal reinforcements at the forward windshield assembly. These were likely add-ons for support, assure this area of the vessel has proper structural integrity and address appropriately. Architectural and engineering analysis of the vessel is beyond the scope of this survey.
  3. There are weep stains on the interior of the hull through rub rail fasteners, assure that all through hull fasteners are watertight. Remove and re-bed components as necessary. Consider determination of water in the core and in any void areas, eliminate trapped water.
  4. Freezers are temporarily installed with ropes and ratchet straps, consider permanent installations.
  5. Many of the passenger seats are not currently installed. Properly install them prior to taking passengers for hire.
  6. The vessel does not have a port wing station, install one if / as necessary.
  7. There are several round patches below the waterline on both hulls, consider determining their significance and eliminating any liabilities.
  8. The owner’s representative stated that the vessel is scheduled for a day of testing prior to the delivery, we did not test most of the components including the electronics, engines, controls, steering, autopilot, water pressure, navigational lights, bilge pumps, bilge alarms, fire fighting system etc… The owner’s representative stated that the fire pumps / wash down system was tested and functions well. Test and prove systems prior to beginning the delivery.


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.  This inspection was performed for the expressed purpose of obtaining insurance/finance and should provide the information necessary for underwriting purposes. If any additional information is required, please contact the undersigned.  This survey report is not intended for use as a “buyer’s survey”.

Christian & Company, Marine Surveyors, Inc.
_______________________                                     January 29, 2014
By: Mr. Kells Christian, Surveyor                                      Date
S.A.M.S. – A.M.S. # 301