The craft a Searay 340 Sundancer built in the United States in 1986 is of all fibre-glass construction. It is fitted with twin Mercruiser petrol engines, each of 380 horsepower. Below deck, forward there are two double bunk cabins, a common toilet, together with small galley area and dinette.
The conning position is above the machinery space, aft of which is a large open cockpit with the area provided with ample seating. The craft has a rigid radar arch and canvas awning forward between the arch and windscreen. Aft of the radar arch is a stainless steel framed portable bimini, complete with side screens.
Extracts from the 2017 survey report:
HULL, STRUCTURE, FIXTURES AND FITTINGS
With the yacht being afloat during the attendance, it was not possible to closely examine the
under-water surfaces, fixtures and fittings.
Above the waterline, the hull was seen to be in good, sound, condition and well maintained. Surfaces were seen to be well polished with no scratches or abrasions. There were however some areas of minor discolouration brought about by weather and pollution, together with fenders rubbing between the hull and the pontoon. The surfaces below the waterline, could only be sighted a short distance through the water, however, it is understood the underwater section is regularly cleaned and from what could be seen, it appeared in good condition.
Much of the hull, internally, is concealed behind built-in furniture, fixtures and fittings or panelling. However, in the bilges, chain locker and machinery spaces, the internal surfaces could be examined. Where sighted, the hull internally appeared in very good condition, with no sign of any deterioration of the fibreglass. The forward bilges were seen to be clean and dry, however, the bilges in the machinery space, particularly the lowest section, were rather dirty, with obviously spilt oil.
Fixtures and Fittings
The exhausts and overboard discharges were seen to be well installed, and although with slight staining on the paintwork, there was no corrosion around the perimeters. The boat has a rubbing strake all the way round and this was seen to be in good, undamaged condition. Similarly, the swim platform and its folding boarding ladder were seen to be well secured and in very good condition. The boat’s name and port of registry is clearly displayed on the transom.
The weather decks are of fibreglass construction, with non-slip surfaces. They appeared clean and well maintained. The cockpit deck which incorporates panels for access to the machinery space was seen to be in reasonable condition, with the panels well fitted.
The yacht is fitted with a stainless steel pulpit and side safety rails extending back to the cockpit. These were noted to be clean, polished, well secured to the deck and without distortion. The anchor has a purpose-built fairlead which extends forward of the bow, so that the anchor does not come into contact with the hull when ‘housed’ and the chain when at anchor is similarly held away from the hull. Forward there is an electrically driven anchor winch, together with the anchor and chain, which is connected to a rope warp.
The winch can be operated locally and from the conning position. The chain and rope combination is fed down into a locker, below the winch and was noted to be clean and dry.
Mooring cleats of high-quality material were also noted to be well secured, with no evidence of any movement. Fairleads were also noted to be of good quality and well fitted in the transom. The forward coach roof has two skylights cum escape hatches, fitted above the
accommodation. These were noted to be of high quality, well installed and having good securing arrangements. Seals were found to be soft and malleable, with no evidence of any water ingress.
The machinery space on this particular craft is quite cramped, however, apart from the rather dirty central bilge it appeared in good, well maintained condition. There had been a generator but this, it was advised, was not operating, so has been removed and to-date not replaced.
The craft is fitted with two Mercruiser 454 petrol driven engines each developing 380 horsepower. It was advised that these had, in 2010, been completely re-built by the manufacturers’ local agents, with the running hours now recorded as 442.3 to port and 450.5 to starboard. They both appeared, externally, to be in clean well maintained condition. Engine mountings were in first class condition with no evidence of any lateral or longitudinal movement.
Liquid lines were seen to be well installed with no leakage at any of the fixed to flexible joints. The cooling water lines lead from their intakes to filters before entering the machinery system. All lines and filters were seen to be in first class condition with connections having double circlips for security, and valves fully operational.
Exhaust lines were seen to be in excellent condition, and well secured. Fixed to flexible couplings were seen to be well secured and there was no sign of any exhaust gas leakage.
This craft and its engines have a ‘V’ drive arrangement from the engine to the stern gland. The stern glands are therefore not easily accessed and it was not possible to take photographs. However, there appeared to be little or no water in the bilges, indicating that the glands were performing their function.
The main switchboard is located on the port side, of the entrance to the main saloon and a secondary switchboard is located on the port side of the panel at the helm position. Switches were seen to be clearly labelled for their various circuits and were found to have smooth positive action.
The craft has battery banks on either side of the machinery space. The batteries appeared in good condition, clean and well maintained, with
terminals well secured and without corrosion. The main battery control switches are on the forward bulkhead of the machinery space and are easily accessed.
The yacht has a shore power connection, which is fitted with a watertight screw cover for protection when not in use. Wiring is generally concealed behind panelling and built in furniture, however, where sighted, it was noted to be in good condition, well run and well secured.
The yacht is fitted with two bilge pumps, both in the machinery space, one fitted forward and the other aft. The bilge pumps are fitted with automatic float switches, to activate the pumps in the event that the boat takes water while unmanned. There are also manual overrides, should these be required.
Piping was noted to be well run with joints secure, while through hull fittings and associated valves, all appeared in ordered. The various liquid lines were all noted to be well run and well secured, with the airconditioning system being located in such a position as to be easily accessible for maintenance.
The steering gear is in the aft part of the machinery space, which is also difficult to access in respect of photography. However, the steering gear was noted to be in good condition, with no leakage of hydraulic fluids at the ram, or any of the liquid lines. Further, the rudder stocks penetrating the hull, appeared to be well sealed and without water ingress.
The accommodation is air-conditioned, and has one internal system together with one external unit. Although the air-conditioning was operated only briefly during the attendance, it did appear to be working satisfactorily. Of course it can only be operated fully when the craft is connected to shore power, as without the generator, this is not possible. At the forward part of the accommodation is an island type double bunk, while at the aft part, beneath the conning position, there is a second double bunk, should it be required. This second bunk does have less head-room due to its location.
Both these compartments appeared in reasonably well maintained condition. Aft of the forward cabin, on the starboard side, is the galley area. This has sink, three burner stove and oven, together with a refrigerator, all of which were in operational condition. There are good work surfaces and ample storage space in the galley area.
Opposite the galley is the dinette, comprising two bench seats together with adjustable table. This whole section of the cabin cruiser appeared to be in reasonable condition, but the owner did say it was his intention to re-furbish as the furnishings were showing signs of age and
Windows in the accommodation appeared to be well installed and without leakage. The shared bathroom, on the starboard side, aft of the galley area was seen to have toilet, washbasin, and shower, all of which appeared in good used condition, with the sliding port allowing for ventilation, when required.
The short staircase at the aft part of the accommodation, leads up to the conning position and open entertainment area. At the helm, position there is a double upholstered seat for the helmsman and one other, while alongside that there is another double seat. Both of these were found to be adjustable and in reasonably good condition. The cockpit has plenty of room and currently there is a wooden bench seat at the aft part, also in good condition. Overall, the accommodation generally is in good, used condition.
This cabin cruiser has a built-in fire suppression system built into the machinery space. In addition, there are other portable extinguishers in various locations. It has two life buoys, together with a number of life jackets positioned both at the helm and within the accommodation. It was noted that it has a new set of distress pyrotechnics which are valid until October, 2019. There is also an AIS fitted in the plotter system.
NAVIGATION AND COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT
The craft has a good outfit of navigational and communication aids. Directly in front of the helm is a compass, with machinery gauges and in close proximity an ICOM IC-M412 VHF radio. It has a Garmin chart plotter, complete with GPS. There is also a Garmin Echo 150 depth sounder. The machinery controls are dual lever systems on either side of the helm, and trim tab controls are also close at hand.
In addition, there are switches for various circuits such as the bilge pumps, anchor winch, navigation lights, etc., located within easy reach of the helm. The windscreen has a canvas protective cover for when the boat is not in use and there is also a canvas bimini which stretches from the top of the forward windscreen, to the radar arch, protecting the helmsman from the weather. The radar arch is also used for the mounting of the various antennae for the boat, which provides maximum possible range. The windscreen also has windscreen wipers for use during inclement weather. There is also a horn mounted on the coach roof.
This cabin cruiser was found to be in very good condition, although in need of some maintenance work and replacements.
The boat was found to be in sound, seaworthy, condition and ready for immediate use.