Motorboat & Yachting - - Usedboat - Tony Mc­grail, yacht sur­veyor Tel: +44 (0)7711 329314. Web:­pery­acht­sur­

There is lit­tle to worry about in terms of struc­ture on th­ese solidly built boats. This Princess 40 is 18 years old and although the en­gine hours are un­known, I’d ex­pect to see around 1,200 hours on the tachos, so the 18 years of wear and tear should give the sur­veyor some­thing to get his teeth into. Os­mo­sis? Un­likely. High hull mois­ture? Un­likely. Un­der­wa­ter stress crack­ing? Un­likely. In­ter­nal struc­ture/bulk­head dam­age? Again, un­likely, un­less it has suf­fered a col­li­sion or run-aground dam­age dur­ing its life. Okay, I’d ex­pect some hull and su­per­struc­ture gel­coat de­te­ri­o­ra­tion, but one of the pol­ish­ing com­pa­nies can re­store that back to as good as new. Ex­posed teak decks may be wear­ing through by now but that’s about it.

Ma­chin­ery wise, the Volvo Penta 63Ps will give well be­yond 3,000 hours with­out ma­jor trou­ble pro­vid­ing the ser­vice sched­ules have been kept up, but we are ap­proach­ing po­ten­tial fuel/tank age-re­lated prob­lems so fuel anal­y­sis will be worth­while. Also check for hair­line cracks on the turbo ex­haust man­i­folds, and the boat per­for­mance will be ad­versely af­fected if the tur­bos or fuel in­jec­tors are faulty. Fi­nally, ex­pect a light grey ex­haust trace from th­ese pre-evc en­gines, but any dark grey or black emis­sions should be ques­tioned.

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