Sunseeker Offshore 31       "Pirate King"

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This is to Certify that the undersigned Surveyor, did, at the request of C.W. Kellock & Co. Ltd., attend the Twin screw, GRP motor vessel "Pirate King ". SSR No.13937 Hull No. 43331 on the 31st October &1st November 2000 while she lay on the Quay at Portland Port, Portland Dorset, for the purpose of a pre sale Condition Survey. 

Unless noted otherwise, the boat's systems and equipment generally appeared to have been fabricated of materials suited to use in the marine environment, installed in compliance with applicable Statutory requirements and commonly accepted marine industry practice, and appropriate to the boats usual expected service. Deficiencies and recommendations for their repair or correction are listed throughout the report as applicable.

No section of this report should be used out of context of the entire report.

1. Design and Construction

1.1. Design:

The Sunseeker Offshore 31 designed by Sunseeker and was in general production in this form 1982 till 1986. The vessel is primary made up of two main mouldings taken from female moulds which are the main hull and the deck mould. The internals on this craft are also moulded. The vessel has a centre control position with accommodation both forward and under the control position. Under the floor of the control position aft of the accommodation are two Volvo Penta 6 cylinder Diesel engines.

1.2. Construction:

The Sunseeker Offshore 31 has the look of a hand laid up vessel which good care has been taken during its construction. The bonding of internals has been correctly completed.
With the hull to deck joint, being an outwardly turned flange on the hull and deck moulding covered by a rubber fender. The internals are also GRP Mouldings

2. Layout:

2.1. Hull(internal):

The layout of the hull from forward is:

2.1.1. Chain locker accessed through a hatch on deck.

2.1.2. Main Cabin which converts to double berth..

2.1.3. Head/toilet on the Starboard side.

2.1.4. Galley on the port side

2.1.5. Main cockpit with engine and double berth under. The cockpit was laid out with a helm on the starboard side and two seats. 

2.1.6. The after cabin fitted with a double berth under the cockpit.

The engine space aft of the after cabin and also under the cockpit.

3. Access and Limitations of Survey:

3.1. The vessel was examined in the yard at the Quay at Portland Port, Portland. Good and clear access was afforded around the hull and throughout the vessel.

3.2.  No fixed panelling was removed. Loose panels were removed where accessible .

3.3. This survey is a factual report on the inspection carried out, and the opinions expressed are given in good faith as to the condition of the vessel as seen at the time of survey. It implies no guarantee, no safeguard against latent defects, subsequent defects, or defects not disclosed at the time of the survey in woodwork or areas of the vessel which are covered, unexposed, or not accessible to the surveyor internally due to the installation of non-removable linings, panels and internal structures etc., or agreements and permission and instructions not being given to the surveyor to gain access to closed off areas.

3.4. The vessels particulars were recorded as disclosed to me by Sunseeker and have not been checked by me and no guarantee of accuracy can be given.

3.5. This report gives no warranty regarding stability or fitness of the design or performance for its intended purpose.

4. Hull Condition:

4.1. External:

The hull was examined externally both above and below the water line. The area below the water line was coated with anti-foul, which was in an expired condition due to its long time out of the water. Moisture readings were taken using a Protimeter Aquant, which gave reading of between 103 and 104 on a scale of 101 to 115, which is considered to show a satisfactory low level of moisture content except for a small area on the transom, which gave a reading of 108. This higher reading may be due to a timber in plant for extra rigidity and I see no reason to worry about this higher number.
There are several small chips in the hull gelcoat, which could in time cause ingress of moisture into the laminate but with touch up gelcoat these can be covered and no further action would be necessary. 
The hull gelcoat was dull due to oxidation, this may well be brought back to near its original lustier by the use of a cutting compound. 
The rubber fender that was covering the hull to deck joint has some small knocks and scrapes but was otherwise complete and securely attached in place.

4.2. Hull internal:

The internal parts of the hull were examined with careful attention being paid to the attachment of seacocks, internal bulkheads and the hull to deck joint. These were all found in a satisfactory condition.
The glass fibre lay up was closely examined and showed that a reasonable amount of care had been taken when the craft was being built.   

5. Deck:

The deck is made as a single moulding with the outwardly turned flange at its outer edge being  for the hull to deck joint. This moulding is in a white colour with a non-slip surface being moulded into the gelcoat. The gelcoat has lost its high gloss through oxidation, some of which could be recovered by the use of a cutting compound.
Like the hull there are several places on the deck moulding which have small chips in the gelcoat

6. Steering, Stern Gear and Propeller:

The craft is fitted with twin inboard/outboard Volvo Penta 280 legs which provide both propulsion and steering, these looked in fair condition but due to the fact that they were resting on the ground I was unable to turn these.

7. Interior:

7.1. Forward/main Cabin:

The forward cabin is fitted with a circular table with seats all around, this was found in with all the cushions intact and in a good condition. This area could be converted in to a large double berth.
The head lining in this area is leather cloth / vinyl in a light cream/off white colour, this was found in good condition except for a small area above the galley where some slight discolouration has occurred.

7.2. Head/Toilet: 

On the starboard side just aft of the forward cabin and opposite the galley is the head / toilet and washroom, this is fitted with a ITT Jabsco Par Manual toilet. The wash hand basin is fitted with hot and cold water and the taps also act as a shower. The toilet pump was tested and had some difficulty pumping.

The toilet pump requires an overhaul.

7.3. Galley:

The galley area was fitted with a twin burner hob unit with a grill fitted below and a sink The hob and sink unit has a cover which act as a chart table, and the sink is supplied with hot and cold water. Opposite the galley by the shower door is a small electric fridge, This was not tested.
The gas stowage was in the cockpit see details under Gas System.

7.4. Centre Cockpit:

The centre cockpit is a multi-function area being used for the helm and seating for passage and relaxing during and following passages. The cockpit has the fittings for a full canvas canopy, which can be, used both when the craft is underway and when tied up. The canvas has been shredded during its year sitting on the quay at Portland.

7.5. After Cabin:

The after cabin has a double berth under the cockpit, which is accessed through the main cabin. The after cabin has linings as the forward cabin and this was found in a satisfactory condition.

The forward and after cabins have windows built into the deck moulding, these have the glazing fitted in with a rubber and aluminium mouldings and did not show signs of leaks.

The floors in the cabins and the cockpit were covered in carpet, which was found wet in places due to a blocked drain. (This Has Now been Cleared)

8. Hull Penetrations:

Each engine has its own sea suction, which were at the forward end of the engine, one of which has been removed to allow the boat to drain while it stands on the quay. These valves are very inaccessible and some thought should be given to the remote operation of same.

8.2. Bilge pump overboard discharge

This is direct overboard above the water line with no valve fitted and was found satisfactory

8.3. Transom:

The Through transom fittings for the inboard/outboard legs is a standard Volvo Penta fitting and as far as could be seen was considered satisfactory.

9. Access Doors and Hatches:

9.1. Door One:
The door to the accommodation from the cockpit could not be considered weather tight but did give security while the craft is on a mooring or alongside

9.2. Hatch One:
Above the forward cabin is a hatch, this hatch was not opened at this time.

10. Safety equipment:
10.1. Lifesaving Equipment. 

No life saving equipment was examined at this time 
Note (An Avon Life raft and an inflatable dingy were on deck).

10.2. Fire fighting Equipment:

No fire extinguishers were examined at this time.

11. Machinery:

11.1. Main Engines

The craft is fitted with twin Volvo Penta AQAD40 fitted with Volvo Penta 280 inboard/outboard legs. Both the engines and legs look in a fair to good condition except for a couple of broken pipes on the starboard engine. The impellers from the raw water cooling pumps have been removed. It must also be noted that the craft has been in its current position for several months without the engines being moved or turned and because of this the condition of the engines must be questioned.
The engine space is at present lined with a composite foam which I believe may be flammable and if so should be changed as soon as possible. When this is replaced care should be taken to make sure that sufficient clearance between the lower edge of the foam and the bilge to stop the ingress of oil into the new foam.

12. Electrical systems:

The electrical system consists of twin batteries used for both starting and lighting. The system is old but looks in good order and tidy. The circuits are protected by fuses and mini breakers.
No electrical equipment was tested at this time.

13. Piping Systems:

13.1. Bilge System:

The bilge system consists of an electric pump with a float switch mounted in the engine space and a hand bilge pump mounted in the engine space. The hand pump was tested and this was considered satisfactory.

13.2. Fresh Water:

The fresh water system consists of a 29 gal tank moulded in the forward part of the craft with hose connections to the galley sink and the toilet wash hand basin. The system is fitted with a calorifier in the engine space and a pressure pump. This was not tested at this time.

13.3. Fuel System:

The fuel piping was mainly in hard copper and flexible sections had been kept as short as possible. The fuel capacity was 100 Gals.

The fuel flexible pipes should be checked as the craft is now 17 years old and it is possible that the original pipes are still on the vessel.

13.4.  Gas System:

The gas system consists of two gas bottles in a locker on the port side of the cockpit. This locker has a drain overboard. In the locker is a single regulator connected to the system by short length of hose. This hose does no conform with current requirements and should be renewed as soon as possible.


The gas flexible hose should be replaced at regular intervals.
The Calor Gas Publication "LPG (Bottled Gas) for Marine Use "

Dated 1997 states on page 12 paragraph 5.5.2 "No rules exist at present to replace hose at regular intervals, but our advice would be to change it every 5 years from the date stamped on Calor hose."  I would concur with Calor, although this is not a Calor gas installation. 

14. Boarding Ladder:
A boarding ladder is fitted to the transom with through hull fixing bolts, also fixed to the transom is a swim platform. The main fixings for these seem satisfactory.

15. Navigational equipment:

No navigational equipment was examined at this time

16. Anchor

The vessel is fitted with an electric windlass on the fore deck which is connected to a 7.5kg Bruce anchor and a suitable size chain. Access to the chain and windlass was limited due to the inflatable dinghy being lashed to the fore deck. The windlass was not tested at this time 

17. Summary of other defects / deficiencies

17.1. Paragraph 7.2

The toilet pump requires an overhaul.

17.2. Paragraph 13.3

The fuel flexible pipes should be checked as the craft is now 17 years old and it is possible that the original pipes are still on the vessel.

17.3. Paragraph 13.4


The gas flexible hose should be replaced at regular intervals.
The Calor Gas Publication "LPG (Bottled Gas) for Marine Use " Dated 1997 states on page 12 paragraph 5.5.2 "No rules exist at present to replace hose at regular intervals, but our advice would be to change it every 5 years from the date stamped on Calor hose."  I would concur with Calor, although this is not a Calor gas installation. 

17.4. Paragraph 11 .

The broken pipes on the starboard engine should be repaired and the engine systems should be reinstated. Then care should be taken due to the long lay up the vessel has had before starting.
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18. Report summary.

The inside of this vessel in the main is in good order with most of the upholstery being in a clean condition. The fixtures are showing some signs of age although for a vessel of this age very little. The carpet is at this time very wet due to a drain being blocked, this has now been cleared and the carpet should dry out with I would hope little permanent damage. 

The outside of the vessel is showing signs of its age with oxidation of the gelcoat being the major problem along with many small chips in the gelcoat and other plastic fittings.
As far as could be seen the windows were weathertight and generally in good order. 
The gelcoat may well be recoverable using one of the cutting compounds available on the market.

The main concern with this vessel is the condition of the engines. As far as I have been able to find this vessel was driven to the current quay where she is now resting where the impellers in the seawater pumps were removed and a seacock was opened to act as a drain. The engines were not laid up or any other preventative measures taken for long term storage.

Due to this I believe that there may be problems with both the engines and the inboard / outboard legs on recommissioning of this vessel.   

Mark Lockie I. Eng. A.M.I.Mar.E
Marine Surveyor

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