Performance Marine Surveyors
Edward R. Cozzi
The following is a compilation of some deficiencies I have found in the course of my surveys. In your pre-survey inspection YOU may spot things like this and better understand what's happening. You may click on any of these photos to enlarge.
This damage was found in a high performance boat. After some detective work it was learned that the transporter had damaged this boat while loading. A sub-standard repair had been performed in an attempt to conceal it.
Bottom Paint Failure
When the anti-fouling coating peels off in big sheets the two main reasons are an accumulation of too many layers or improper surface preparation. If the bottom is glossy where the bottom paint is gone, the mold wax was painted over.
While a stern drive is one of the most efficient ways to get power to the water, it was never designed to be stored full-time in a salt water environment. Plan on extra maintenance costs if you choose this route.
This can be caused by improper vessel operation or a structural failure elsewhere allowing excessive flexing.
This is the inside of the red gelcoat boat featured at the top. The fiberglass damage allowed bilge water to penetrate the laminates.
In this otherwise flawless boat I suspect this damage was caused by improper forklift procedure or a freak, excessive impact with a wave. When fiberglass repairs are performed by the proper technician many times the repair will be stronger than the original.
Neglected Engine Bay
To straighten this out could get very expensive. It would be impossible to align this engine with the motor mounts in this condition. The electric hatch lift motor is doomed.
Flame arrestor, fuel hose, hose clamps and plumbing fittings...all not Coast Guard approved.
Termite Infestation Damage
With more builders using less wood, termites are lessening as a problem. The repairs needed on this particular boat cost more than the boat was worth. The droppings look like dark sand. Termites travel in tunnels they construct and are easy to spot.