SURVEYOR’S RE­PORT

Motorboat & Yachting - - Buying Used -

The suc­cess of the new gen­er­a­tion of French mo­tor cruis­ers can­not be de­nied as they of­fer fan­tas­tic value for money as well as in­no­va­tive design fea­tures, but as with the their sail­ing yachts, they still carry cer­tain stig­mas with some purists.

Built to a price? Most cer­tainly but that’s what makes them such good value. Com­pro­mises in­clude rel­a­tively thin mould­ings, which can be prone to stress crack­ing, par­tic­u­larly around deck fit­tings, rather ba­sic cab­i­netry, plas­tic wa­ter and fuel tanks (some­times in­ad­e­quately se­cured by web­bing straps) and sloppy elec­tri­cal wiring, but rarely will any of th­ese fac­tors limit the craft’s de­signed coastal us­age.

My big­gest con­cern is the method used to bond the in­ner ac­com­mo­da­tion shell to the hull. There is noth­ing wrong with the bond­ing process, if done cor­rectly it is im­mensely strong, but the point where the two shells meet is of­ten im­pos­si­ble for the surveyor to ac­cess, other than us­ing ex­pen­sive in­frared scan­ning, and I have seen cases where the bond­ing has not made proper con­tact be­tween the two shells. My ad­vice is to al­low a con­tin­gency sum for ad­di­tional in­ves­ti­ga­tions if the sur­vey begs any ques­tions about that par­tic­u­lar ex­am­ple’s struc­tural in­tegrity.

The sin­gle en­gine on a shaft drive should prove tough, re­li­able and easy to main­tain. How­ever, I would pay par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to the D6 in­ter­cooler and glassed in P-bracket over and above the usual ar­ray of check points, which should be cov­ered in a pre-pur­chase sur­vey.

Tony Mc­grail, yacht surveyor Tel: +44 (0)7711 329314.

Lazarette use­ful for bulky items like the lif­er­aft

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