Engine Exhaust Riser Bolt Corroded
Results of active stray current passing through keel (in marina) to stainless steel nuts in bilge.
Moderate osmotic blistering of fiberglass hull.
Improper and dangerous forestay chain plate assembly.
Forestay pad eye design did not “spread the load”. High wind load on head sail over stressed this weld (poor weld joint design) tearing the top of the weld and leading to crack propagation down the sides.
7×19 Wire (7 bundles of 19 strands each) is used for flexibility. One broken strand soon leads to another. Time to replace both steering cables. Use Grade 316 Stainless Steel.
Consumer grade copper, acid cored lead solder and saltwater lead to this failure. Flooding was countered by bilge pumps until batteries died. This assembly is easily and safely replaced with marine grade plastic fittings.
Moderately heavy weather and rigging failures required this mast to be cut away while offshore. Annual (or more frequent) rig inspections are essential.
Whether due to a flaw in laminate or leaks at fittings (fastener holes) soon
leads to degraded coring and soft decks.
Survey revealed this cracked high pressure hydraulic fitting. Located opposite the exhaust manifold of high speed pleasure craft. Catastrophic failure of the fitting could result in spraying the hot exhaust manifold with oil resulting in a flash fire at 70 mph.
One of several nuts found cracked during inspection for insurance. Annual (or more frequent) inspections are essential.
3/16″ (4.7mm) thick stainless steel plate installed to back up deck cleat
Improper installation of hose clamps – use proper size clamps (minimum tail) and
rotate clamps so ends are protected. Never turn ends out – as shown.
Sequence Correct ! Small nut first then the heavy nut.
This hose has reached end of life and should be replaced.
Ideally, The Chain Plate Should Be Angled Forward EliminatingThe Need For Transition Plates. Chain Plate Needs. Re-bedding.
Exposed Bare Wire Connection.Colors Indicate Potential Positive to Ground Connection.Improper Conductor.
Thank you for your inspection last week. I ‘do’ appreciate your work and review of the 39’ Shannon sailboat. I also appreciated and enjoyed you pulling me to your side time to time and pointing out the challenges of upgrading and maintenance. I felt as if you were mentoring me, and I truly thank you for that.
39’ Shannon sailboat
We have been very pleased with Mitch’s services, he has gone above and beyond our expectations and an altogether superior experience than we’ve had with any previous marine surveyor.
Steve and Heather Dunn
New Boat Owners from Canada
From the beginning, we knew Mitch was a great choice. A great example of hiring a surveyor actually saving the buyer money overall.
All NYC Yachts
The information presented has been thorough and comprehensive providing us with essential information we need to access a vessel’s condition and value.
Donald W. Spink CPCU
President Blue Water Insurance
Mitch has been a real pleasure to work with. He is obviously very skilled and knowledgeable regarding Marine Surveying, reconstruction, and operating systems and was very generous with his time when we had questions.
Bo and Jeannie Benedict
Owners involved in Insurance Claim
Thank you for all your candid comments and excellent work and professional attitude. I would recommend you to anyone wishing to purchase a boat.
Potential Buyer of a Catamaran