Survey Results!

We got our survey results and….there were no surprises! Yay!

Brad Destache of Destache Yacht Service had completed our survey, going over every system on the boat, including a mechanical survey of the engines and an engine fluid analysis.  At the same time, though we didn’t show it in the video, Chris Catterton of CC Rigging in San Diego had completed a full rigging survey as well.

The boat survey was a 37 page document, but we’ll just cut to the chase…WHAT DOES THIS BOAT NEED?

  • Repair impact compression point on the port hull to eliminate potential for water intrusion.
  • Determine the significance of the crevice corrosion on the starboard rudder gudgeon and port stern tube; repair IF necessary.
  • Repair starboard keel bottom grounding damage. (This was a fairly minor scuff)
  • Replace holding tank cabinet lower hinge on port side.
  • Confirm the water staining on the port engine space hull surfaces is the new swim step shower and service to eliminate water ingress.
  • Consider replacing the GPS antenna.
  • Determine the significance and service or repair voltage gauges which are pegged while running.
  • Renew the wire terminal end of the starboard engine oil pressure gauge and test for operation.
  • Install terminal covers per ABYC standards on the positive battery terminals.
  • Replace the wire nuts used for electrical connections at the port engine space blower with appropriate butt connectors.
  • Reconnect starboard engine space blower.
  • Secure batteries so that they do not shift more than one inch in any direction.
  • Replace cracked port engine exhaust hose and ensure 2 clamps are installed at each connection.
  • Remove unused service hoses in the port space and permanently cap any supply sources.
  • Connect Shurflo pump in the port/aft hull.
  • Service swim step shower to eliminate leak.
  • Permanently cap the drain fitting valve on the starboard fuel tank to ensure integrity.
  • Service or replace port shower drain pump screen to eliminate leak.
  • Replace port and starboard propeller shaft cutlass bearings to restore tolerances.
  • Replace hatch lock/handle on forward fiberglass hatch.
  • Replace lens on the port side deck hatch (crazing and cracked).
  • Descale and determine if rusted port engine mounts and propeller shaft coupler is serviceable. Replace if necessary.
  • Renew kinked port engine oil cooler hose with a factory or otherwise formed hose.
  • Service starboard mast mounted winch.
  • Re-run mainsail halyard to eliminate chafing against the rope clutch above.
  • Determine origin of fuel sitting in the starboard engine space bilge; service and clean.
  • Replace the enclosure cap on the AC power connection for the battery charger to eliminate shock hazards.
  • Replace cracked stanchion bases.
  • Ensure flares are current per Federal regulations.
  • Replace solar panel power supply wires with appropriate boat multi-strand wire.
  • Reconnect the solar regulator wires to eliminate short circuit hazards and to allow the panel to charge the batteries.
  • Remove disconnected negative wire the house battery bank to eliminate short circuit hazards.
  • Reinstall the Y valve and hose connection, or permanently cap the through hull valves on the starboard and port toilet direct discharge.
  • Install appropriate circuit protection device on the DC power supply to the inverter.
  • Cover the 12 volt positive and negative buss bars aft of the battery switches to eliminate short circuit hazards.


  • Replace the standing rigging
  • Service the winches on the mast
  • Service the primary winches as per manufacturer specifications
  • Reconfigure the reefing clew lines

As you can see, we had 2 ‘big ticket’ items:  replacing the cutlass bearings and replacing the standing rigging; as well as a few moderately expensive items such as replacing the stanchion bases and a couple hatches.  After gathering estimates to complete all of the recommended and required repairs, we went back to the Seller and asked that he contribute 1/2 of the repairs that were due to ‘deferred maintenance and repair’, which he readily agreed to.  And just like that, we had a deal!

All that was left was to close. As I alluded to in the Financing blog post, our closing day became a stressful, headache infused day due to our Essex Credit agent’s decision at 10:00 am to put off closing for a week, although over half a dozen busy people had cleared their schedules for it.  He was convinced to get on it though, and at the end of the day we were….NOT CLOSED.

What?  Essex Credit missed the deadline for the wire transfer. Catamaran Company agreed that a overnighted cashier’s check would be acceptable.  But…Catamaran Company’s bank put a 10 day hold on the check. For real. It probably wouldn’t have been a big deal, except that in anticipation of closing, we had scheduled Bonzai! to be hauled out and had arranged for all of the subcontractors to begin work in 2 days.  We had kind of had to beg and plead to get on everyone’s schedules because they were all backlogged on their schedules. We also had another deadline….the Baja HaHa Cruiser’s Rally 2017 was due to depart in 2 months, and we had signed up for it (more about why we did that later).  SO, if we delayed the work for 2 weeks, we were seriously running the risk of not having it all completed in time for our October 30th departure.  ARRRRRGHHHHH! What to do?  Well, we did the only sensible thing we could do….we called the Seller.  And bless his understanding and compassionate heart…he agreed to allow Bonzai! to go into the boatyard for repairs prior to closing.

This decision was not made lightly, because the ‘what ifs’ were pretty significant. What if the boat is damaged on the way to the boatyard? We had insurance and the previous owner had insurance, but who would be loss payee vs. who is actually out the money?  What if there is an accident in the boatyard? What if someone is injured on the boat before the closing date?  That would be a very messy nightmare situation. But we and the previous owner agreed to take the chance.



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4 Replies to “Survey Results!”

  1. Hi There!

    Really enjoying your videos and watching your journey. For those of us new to the scene it would be very helpful to know the costs involved that you encountered. Things not only like the cost of the boat but also things like the surveyor’s costs, sales commissions, haul out, repairs, permits and so on.

    Keep it up guys, great show.

    1. Nick, thanks for your feedback! I will update the post when we get to better internet with wifi. Thanks so much for watching; we appreciate you!


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