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Dated October 2000.

This Report was prepared for the current owner.

It is provided for interest only.  

It has been scanned and bulk OCR'd (Optical Character Recognised)

Errors may have inadvertently been included.

Any buyer MUST rely on his own inspection and survey.


Yacht, Craft & Marine Surveys

8 Hazel Mews, Chestnut Way,
Brightlingsea, Colchester, Essex, C07 OUZ
phone: 01206 304414 Mobile 0794 1060007
E-mail: rbcrawley©tesco.net


This report is issued subject to the Standard Conditions of Survey and is a factual statement of the surveyor's examination, with his opinion given in good faith of the relevance of disclosed facts and defects. The report implies no guarantee against defects that may be present in parts of the structure inaccessible at the time of the survey. The report is compiled for the confidential information of the Client instructing the survey.


Date of survey :- 3rd October 2000


Those present during survey :


****************** (prospective purchasers). Conditions :


The weather dry, temperature approximately 18 C. The craft was initially afloat in the Burnham Yacht Harbour marina, Burnham, Essex and then lifted out by the yard hoist, high pressure washed to remove all weeds and any encrustations, to enable inspection of the hull and outdrives and then replaced back on the mooring, where completion of the inspection was undertaken.

R B Crawley FCIB (Lloyds), Yacht Designer, Surveyor & Marine Consultant,

General hull access was satisfactory, although there were some limitations internally in way of tanks and linings.


General notes and summary of findings :


In accordance with instructions received from ************** to undertake a detailed inspection of the motor cruiser "LADY CHRISTINA 11 ", following his consideration to purchase, the undersigned attended at Burnham Yacht Harbour, to survey the craft, and provide an independent valuation and submit a report accordingly.


"LADY CHRISTINA" is a Coronet 27, constructed and moulded of GRP in it is believed 1973, by Botved Boats A/S, Denmark, as a fast luxury twin diesel engined cruiser with twin outdrives, offering good accommodation and performance, providing a hull length overall of 27'-0", a beam 10'-3", and a draft of approximately 3'-0".


The hull design is based on a deep "V" section multi-chine bow extending to flatter sections as the chines extend aft to a transom stern, with a central shallow keelson. Each of the chines incorporates externally narrow moulded flat rib type lip sections, extending longitudinally almost to the full length of the hull, to assist in both direction stability and planing.


The craft holds Part 111 registration No SSR 68496, but no Yard Build number is known.


The craft has an aft large cockpit with high bulwarks the forward section of which incorporates the wheelhouse, a spacious interior providing accommodation for up to 4 persons, in a single cabin arrangement, incorporating a small galley and a self contained WC/heads compartment. Throughout the craft there are an abundance of lockers.


The overall rigidity and strength of the hull section is achieved by the incorporation within the laminate of substantial longitudinal and transverse top hat stringers. In addition, the design provides for a large number of laminated wooden floors and sub divisions of lockers, plus full and partial bulkheads.


All floors, bulkheads and locker sub divisions were found to be securely laminated to the hull sections, with no signs of any movement, weakness or stress areas.


It was not possible to satisfactorily carry out a moisture content on the hull as this had only just been lifted out of the water. However it was possible using a Tramex Skipper moisture meter to test for possible wicking, and no adverse problems in this respect was found.


Soundings taken on the hull found no cavities within the laminate, nor were there any visual signs of any previously repaired damage, or of the onset of osmosis. Small areas below existing antifouling paint were exposed and it would appear that the hull beneath the water line may have been painted at some time with an epoxy paint and this and the gel coat was seen to be sound.


The hull topsides were found to be in a sound well-polished condition, with only a few minor scratches. A small gel coat repair on the lower corner of the starboard side transom and at the stem was seen, together with a small area on the starboard hand topsides, the colour of which does not match that of the rest of the topsides. All satisfactory, merely a cosmetic situation. Most of the minor topside scratches can be polished out using a mild abrasive gel coat cleaner.


The deck moulding section consists of the fore and side decks, the cabin sides and the bulwark sections of the cockpit. A further moulding originally moulded in two sections forms the cabin top and the wheelhouse sides, with a further moulding for the top of the wheelhouse, which extends over part of the forward section of the cockpit. All the mouldings were seen to be adequately fastened and laminated to form one overall construction and to be in sound condition.


The decking section is laminated directly to the hull section and fitted externally with an alloy with rubber insert rubbing strake. Where able to examine all was seen to be secure, with no evidence of any weakness or the ingress of water or other problems. However it was seen that at some time an impact has occurred at the bow causing an indentation of the rubbing strake and slight star crazing in the local area of the impact. It was not considered a problem. In addition on the port side the alloy section of the rubbing strake had been additionally filled with a sealant. As far as could be ascertained the hull deck join at that point was in sound order.


It was noted that the general standard of the external gel coat of the deck, side cabin and top and the wheelhouse was in a sound clean condition, but have dulled and therefore could be improved with a mild abrasive gel coat polish. The top of the wheelhouse fitted with a stainless steel gantry was seen to have small gel coat crazings, which are not considered of any consequence and two, what would appear to have been electrical connection fittings, blocked off with corks. These fittings are no longer used and should be removed and the resultant holes filled with a matching gel coat.


On deck no stress crazing was noted around any of the stanchion bases, cleats, and other deck fittings, including the stainless steel posts for the cockpit taffrails and grab rails, which gives the impression that the craft has been only lightly used and well maintained.


No rudders are fitted to this class of craft, steering being achieved by the swivelling of the two Volvo 270 propeller outdrives. Both drives were seen to be in good condition, and suitably fitted with zinc anodes. The twin three bladed alloy propellers were both seen to be in good condition and the relevant supporting bearings showing no evidence of any wear. The respective rubber sealing gaiters were both seen to be in sound condition.


The hydraulically operated steering controlling the swivelling movement of the twin outdrives operated satisfactorily. It was noted that the ram section and controlling hydraulic pipework was in fairly new condition, apparently undertaken at the last refit at the end of the previous season. The respective connecting arms were all seen to be in sound condition and the wheel operating the hydraulic pump was found in sound order, with no perceptible wear in the operation.


Mounted either side on the reinforced lower section of the transom are hydraulically operated metal trim tabs. Both were seen to be in sound condition and the hydraulic rams operated satisfactorily, but could not be tested in operating conditions.


Below deck all the mahogany woodwork was found to be sound and in very clean condition, with no signs or indications of any water staining. Berth and seat cushions were also seen to be good clean condition. The overall standard indicating that the craft during its ownership has been used very lightly.


The 2 Volvo sealed fresh water-cooled 6 cylinder 90 hp Diesels located beneath the saloon/wheelhouse sole were seen to be in a clean condition. Both engines were started and heard running. Initially at starting both engines showed blue oil smoke, but ceased when the engines heated up. The temperature gauge on the starboard side gave a relatively high reading, but this could be merely a gauge error as no other indication of over heating was found.


The engines do not form part of a craft survey and if considered suspect, should be inspected by a recognised main Agent. In this instance it would appear that both engines have been serviced properly and as such, consider entirely satisfactory. A quantity of oil was seen in the bilge beneath the engines, but no indication of its source could be ascertained. Would recommend that the old oil in the bilge is cleaned out and the engines checked when running


The engine mounts were examined and as far as could be ascertained without running the engines whilst driving the propellers, they were found to be secure. The exhaust outlets through the outdrive legs found to operate satisfactorily.


The 2 raw water filter intakes for the two engine heat exchanges located beneath the aft section of the cockpit sole were seen to be in sound condition.


The engine compartment is fitted with an automatic 1kg Halon (BCF) fire extinguisher. It was not possible to ascertain if the extinguisher was up to pressure and therefore should be investigated further. It would seem another automatic system was once installed as the pipework for such still exists, but no longer operative.


All other fire extinguishers seen on board were all found to be entirely satisfactory, including a substantial Chubb SH7 7 kg Halon type in a side locker adjacent to the companionway steps.


The gas bottles located in a separate self-draining stainless steel lined locker located in the cockpit were seen to be installed satisfactorily. However the flexible armoured piping from the cylinder to the fixed copper piping, will need to be replaced with piping conforming to BS3212.

The copper piping to the cooker appeared where visible to be in sound condition.


No gas stop cock fitted at cooker. A gas alarm is installed in the cockpit and alarm tested and found operating.


The craft is fitted with both an electrically operated bilge pump supplemented with a larger more powerful diaphragm manual bilge pump fitted beneath the cockpit sole. Both types of pumps operated satisfactorily, but the manual pump not fitted with a suitable pump handle, which will need to be obtained.


The alloy framed glass windows, with one forward opening and the two aft sliding open, were all seen to be sound, with no signs of ingress of water or staining to surrounding woodwork as all are fitted with drip trays to enable any water to drain externally. The relevant seals around the frames showing signs of degrading, but not considered a problem with the draining facility.


All wiring including a shore based AC mains installation was seen to be in good condition, together with switch panels.


The survey found that "LADY CHRISTINA", has been well maintained, and is an excellent example of its type and is in keeping with craft of much younger years.


The major aspect for consideration for power craft of this type is the condition of the engines. Both were found to operate entirely satisfactorily, but any work needed, as they are Volvo's, could result in a high cost. Judging by the general standard of the rest of the craft it would seem that they have been reasonably well maintained and should therefore, not cause any immediate problem.


Unless otherwise stated, structural items and members as outlined below, were examined where accessible, and appeared to be in a satisfactory condition as far as could be ascertained without opening - up. They were also considered of adequate scantlings and materials, bearing in mind the type and class of craft, age, type of build and standard of maintenance.


------------------------------------------ACCOMMODATION: -


Consisting of partially open wheelhouse and an open plan saloon cabin entered from the cockpit though a hinged glass panelled door with an opening hinged hatch.


The saloon is fitted out with a single side berth to port convertible to a double berth. A double berth is located in the forward section of the saloon divided from the main area by a double curtain attached to a substantial wooden deck beam. The after section each side of the forward double berth extends to form side seating to the folding table located between such.


Lockers with laminated sub divisions located beneath all berths and all seen to be secure and dry.


Adjacent to the companionway steps to starboard is located the self contained WC/heads compartment, fitted with a sea/holding tank toilet and a wash hand basin, fitted for hot and cold fresh water. Shower tray fitted but no pump found.


Between the WC compartment and the forward berths there is a galley consisting of a vitreous enamel sink with drainer and a cooker, fitted with ceramic tiled worktops and drawer lockers. All in good sound clean condition.


All woodwork throughout is either mahogany-faced ply or framing. All found in a well-maintained condition. Carpet secured to cabin sole also, seen in good clean condition.


The wheelhouse section of the cockpit, fitted with forward and side alloy framed glass windows, contains the wheel steering position to port with a high double helmsman's seat, under which is mounted a gas operated refrigerator. Switches and engine controls are located on a console forward of the wheel. To starboard there is a further fold down forward facing seat.




Bower is a 25 plough type attached to 5/8ths inch close linked galvanised chain which was seen to have been painted and some surface rusting was noted. Seen inspected and approved.


Anchor operation by a manual S-L windlass fitted with both a chain and rope gypsy. Found to be securely through bolt fastened to substantial wooden pad on reinforced area of fore deck. The wooden pad is in need of varnishing or other suitable protection.


A small folding grapnel anchor seen on board for possible light kedge use in conjunction with suitable warp.



No internal or external ballast used. 




Two 12 volt lead acid batteries in a secure battery box with suitable web strapping, located beneath the forward section of the` cockpit sole adjacent to the fuel and WC holding tank.


Further spare 12 volt lead acid battery located in locker at rear of helmsman's seat, but not connected.


Charging of the batteries is by the 2 engine alternators.




Under deck blockings in way of all fittings are bonded in satisfactorily.




All full and partial bulkheads were found to be securely bonded in with no evidence or signs of movement, weakness or stress conditions.




Two large wood/ alloy mooring/anchor cleats mounted on fore deck with suitable alloy fairleads on wooden pads.


Similar mooring cleats mounted on each quarter of the aft deck with alloy fairleads on wooden pads.


A similar type mooring cleat mounted on the side deck each side. All were found sound and secure.



Situated in the stern and fitted with high bulwarks on which is mounted a mahogany wood rail supported on stainless steel posts.

Fitted with a locker with aft facing seat behind the helmsman's position and a further locker to starboard within the wheelhouse section, with a stainless steel lined selfdraining gas locker.


A thwart seat located across the stem section.


Cockpit sole of mahogany faced plywood, with removable hatch sections to engine compartment, batteries and tanks compartment and the manual bilge pump


Davits mounted on aft decking and stainless steel framework mounted on side bulwarks for cockpit canopy. The canopy was seen to be in sound condition.


All found in satisfactory order 




A non-gimballed Plastimo Atlantic gas cooker fitted with 2 burners and grill. Not fitted with gas stopcock adjacent to cooker.


All found to be in a reasonably clean and sound order. 




Foam, covered in a pink Dralon type fabric in the saloon area. Seen to be fairly new and in sound clean condition.


Cockpit seating and coaming backrest of brown patterned vinyl on foam. Found in good clean condition




Alloy mounted on aft deck. Both seen to be secure. 




Single polyester resin laminate with a pale green pigmented gel coat, incorporating longitudinal and transverse top hat stringers moulded within the laminate and with localised reinforcement, forming the fore deck, side decks, cabin coach roof, and bulwarks. A none slip moulded pattern incorporated on side and fore deck.


Cabin sides and wheelhouse of a white pigmented single polyester resin laminate.


All moulded section seen to be securely laminated. The appearance of the gel coat surfaces could be improved with an abrasive gel coat polish.

All laminates were seen to be of good quality with chopped strand glass reinforcement, incorporating internal reinforcing in localised stress areas and were found in good sound order.


Small area of gel coat crazing seen at stem. Not considered a problem. Further small areas of gel coat crazing on wheelhouse coach roof


Entirely satisfactory. 




All electric wiring was found to be in sound order, consisting of 12 volt wiring for lighting and instrumentation and AC shore power mains wiring for other requirements.


All navigation lights fitted are in accordance with IMO regulations namely port and starboard lights on saloon cabin sides, steaming light and all round white anchor light on short wooden mast mounted on cabin coach roof and a stern light on the transom.


Both the mast and mounting block are in need of varnishing or similar protection of the timber.


An additional searchlight is mounted on the wheelhouse coach roof. Electric windscreen wipers fitted to wheelhouse windscreen, but one missing but understood is to be fitted.


Cabin lighting by normal tungsten or strip bulbs. All entirely satisfactory. Various electronic instruments wired through switch panel on wheelhouse console.


All found in order. 




Twin Volvo 6 cylinder 90 hp diesels indirectly water-cooled, with cooling through a raw water heat exchanges, attached to reduction gearboxes providing forward and reverse gears through Volvo 270 outdrive legs mounted through the transom.


The engine does not form part of a craft survey, but examination showed these to be in a reasonably well maintained, condition although a quantity of oil was seen below in the bilge. The engine mounts and beds were seen to be sound, but unable to test with engine under load, but found entirely satisfactory when running.


Starboard engine water temperature gauge gave a high reading but no over heating apparent. Engine oil smoke seen during initial warm up but stopped when at operating temperature.


Engine exhaust passes through outdrive legs and was seen to be satisfactory. 




An automatic Halon fitted in engine compartment. Appeared to be in satisfactory condition, but unable to inspect pressure dial. Should be checked.


A Betterwear Fireguard 2 lb dry powder installed in saloon cabin with a large Chubb SH7 7 kg Halon.


Firemaster 1.5 kg dry powder fitted in wheelhouse. All seen to be satisfactory.


No fire blanket was seen and would recommend fitting adjacent to the cooker. 




Of suitable size for the type of craft.




All floors, which are of laminated plywood section, were found sound and securely laminated within the hull moulding, with no signs of any stress or movement




Located to starboard within the open saloon area. Consisting of a vitreous enamel sink with drainer, fitted with hot and cold water taps providing fresh water through a pressurised system and a ceramic tiled work top, part of which forms the hinge cover for the cooker.


A non gimballed gas cooker located adjacent to the sink unit, all with drawers and small lockers beneath.


A refrigerator is located in the cockpit under the helmsman's seat. All found to be in good clean order. 


GAS: -


Cylinder stowage is in a small wooden stainless steel lined self-draining gas locker, located in the starboard side of the wheelhouse. Flexible piping to copper piping is in need of replacement to BS3212.


Unable to fully inspect copper piping as located behind lockers but where visible seen to be in a sound non-corroded condition.


No separate gas stopcock at cooker all control by tap on gas bottles. 




Alloy mounted on each side of the wheelhouse and on the saloon coach roof, with 2 further stainless steel in the companionway.


All found to be securely fastened and entirely satisfactory. 




The main companionway entrance from the cockpit is a hinged wooden door fitted with frosted glass panels, above which is a hinged wooden hatch.


All found sound. 






The moulding is of a single skin polyester resin with a white pigmented gelcoat. Laminates are of chopped strand glass mat with good glass/resin ratio incorporating substantial internally laminated longitudinal and transverse top hat stringers and externally by the mouldings on the planing chines.


Rigidity of the hull moulding is further provided by the incorporation of a large number of laminated floors and both full and partial bulkheads.


All were found to be secure


The topsides were seen to be in a good polished condition, with only a few minor scratches in the gel coat, but with a small area repair on the starboard topsides, the colour of which does not match that of the hull. A small gel coat repair seen on starboard lower transom corner and in the stem.


The rubber rubbing strake covering the hull/deck join was seen to be in sound condition, but with an impact loading on the stem.


The transom section fitted with a bathing platform supported by stainless steel framing and a stainless steel boarding ladder. All found in good order.


Metal trim tabs operated by hydraulic rams attached to the lower reinforced section of the transom moulding. Secure.


No exact moisture readings could be undertaken using a Tramex Skipper moisture as the hull was still wet following the hoisting ashore and pressure washing. However, readings were taken to ascertain possible wicking within the laminate, which gave a negative indication.


Soundings taken found no cavities in the laminate or any previously repaired damage or visible signs of the onset of osmosis.


The hull/deck join where possible to inspect was found to be securely laminated. 




The following instruments were noted to be installed in addition to the normal engine controls: -

Navico 150 Depth sounder

2 Compasses (Ritchie portable and Sestrel gimballed) Navico 6500 VHF

Garmin GPS

Radio and tape player

Gas sensor

Barometer and clock




A shallow moulded keelson forms part of the overall hull moulding. 




The internal head lining in the saloon cabin is part foam backed decorative vinyl material, secured by varnished wood battens.


All was seen to be in good condition, but water staining noted above short mast support caused by leakage through fastenings.


Head lining in the wheelhouse section of white foam backed vinyl on panels also secured by wooden battens.


All in good condition.



3 blade alloy propellers attached to Volvo 270 alloy outdrives.


Both propellers were seen to be in sound undamaged condition and no wear was found in any of the relevant supporting bearings.


All entirely satisfactory. 




In this particular model no pushpit is fitted. The pulpit was seen to be securely fastened through the deck and was showing no evidence of any distortion or damage.




A manual diaphragm bilge pump mounted in the starboard cockpit sole locker, supplemented by an automatic electric bilge pump fitted with a float switch. Tested and found operating satisfactorily. The handle for the manual bilge pump could not be located and therefore will need to be obtained.


The fresh water system providing hot and cold water to the faucets in the galley and WC sink is by pressurised electric pumps. The hot water being provided by an engine heated calorifier.


Supplementary manual fresh water pump located in locker below forward double berth. Tested and found working.


Manual pump for the Raske Meyde sea toilet could not be tested but operated satisfactorily.




No rudders are fitted to this class of craft. Steerage is undertaken using engine power through the swivelling outdrive legs operated by a Seastar hydraulic ram with interconnecting bar linkage.


Tested and all found to operate satisfactorily, with no wear found in any of the linkages




The seacocks for the WC were found to be sound and secure and operated freely, No seacocks fitted to engine water intakes through outdrive legs.




Stainless steel designed for double guard wires, supported in stainless steel sockets through bolted to side decks. None bent or deformed. All found secure with no stress crazing around any base or signs of water leakage through fastenings. Capping missing on port side aft stanchion.


Guard wires of stainless steel with quick release Highfield type levers at the bow. All in sound order.




Fabricated stainless steel with single bow roller securely through bolted to stem and deck.





Switchgear for lighting and instrumentation fitted on engine control console, with fuses located behind console. All seen to be in sound order. Further mains shore power circuit breakers fitted in locker adjacent to companionway.


Two battery isolating master switches situated in the seat locker behind helmsman's seat.


All found in good order. 




A 75 gallons steel diesel tanks located beneath the wheelhouse sole fitted with suitable fuel cut off stop cocks.

Found in good condition and stop cocks operated satisfactorily.


Polythene toilet holding tank located beneath wheelhouse sole, fitted with suitable diverter valve and pump out piping to side deck fitting. All seen to be in new condition.


A flexible plastic fresh water tank located in locker beneath forward double berth and fitted with inline filter.


The fresh hot water calorifier tank located beneath the helmsman's seat. Appeared to be fairly new but could not be closely examined.

All entirely satisfactory.




Twin metal trim tabs fitted on reinforced section of the lower transom, operated by hydraulic rams from a small hydraulic power pack with an electric pump, located on the inner section of the transom. Both found to be in sound condition and operate satisfactory, but could not test in operating conditions.


WC :


A Raske Meyde sea toilet located in a separate self contained compartment on the starboard side adjacent to the companionway.


Seen to be in good working order and in sound condition and properly piped to operate either as a straightforward sea toilet or to a holding tank, suitably fitted with a pump out pipe to a cap mounted in the side deck.


A hot and cold water wash basin also situated in the heads compartment. All in good order.




Glass mounted in rubber seals in alloy frames. Forward central screen hinged to open and aft side windows slide to open.


All frames were seen to be sound, but seals showing signs of degrading. Base of windows fitted with drip trays with drain holes to the exterior.


Considered entirely satisfactory. 




Outdrive legs suitable fitted with appropriate anodes, with additional anodes through bolt fastened on transom.


All seen to be in satisfactory condition.




A cockpit tonneau cover forms part of the specification. Seen but not fitted. Window covers. Not seen fitted.



The craft appears to have been well maintained and only lightly used and as such is a very good example of its class.







There are no specific recommendations requiring immediate attention that would affect the sea worthiness of the craft and therefore it can be confirmed that it is suitable for use at sea and inland waters in accordance with the original design.

Marine Surveyor.

6th October 2000

R B Crawley



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