J/109 Marine Survey Hamble

J/109 Marine Survey in Hamble at Key Yaching, the J Boat UK distributor

A J/109 Marine Survey at Key Yachting, Hamble by Guy Nicholls, Marine Surveyor Hamble.

I’ve done several of this particular model over the last years, and dozens of others in the J Boat line up. As with others, an end grain balsa cored hull, originally these vessels also had balsa cored decks and superstructure, this was later changed to a closed cell pvc foam in the superstructure. This type is generally seen in the top sections of the results sheets, both inshore cans racing and offshore. This particular one is off to Holland, where the European buyers seem to keep on coming, given the favourable EUR/GBP rate we’ve had over the last several months.

Fast 40 Survey and Tonnage

Fast 40, HH42 by Hudson Marine in China

A marine survey and tonnage measurement for British Part I Registration, in Cowes, Isle of Wight by Solent Marine Surveyor Guy Nicholls.

These Fast 40 designs are really taking off in the UK, this one having being built in China by Hudson Yacht and Marine Co Ltd. Cored throughout and constructed with pre-preg carbon fibre, the vessel in total weighs less than 5 tonnes! I think it should go pretty well!

Mark Mills 40 Survey, Hamble

Mark Mills 40 Marine Survey, Hamble

This King 40 IRC racer designed by Mark Mills and built in Argentina by King Marine was surveyed in Hamble; with then further investigation using ultasound (NDT) to the hull.

Ultrasound can be useful on high tech (exotic) structures such as carbon with accurate results, it works less well on conventional FRP such as E Glass as the returns are not as clear. Thermal imaging is another technique that can be useful for less high tech boats where further investigation is called for – by gently heating the surface any voids can heat at a different rate to the laminate without voids, thus showing up clearly. The traditional methods of hammer sounding the hull for voids and/or debonding are very valid and used by all Marine Surveyors still as the first stage investigation to the structure.

Half Tonner in Hamble

Half Tonner Marine Survey in Hamble

An old half tonner, inspected on the Hamble River for the cored deck moisture content. As a Marine Surveyor specialising in GRP (FRP) composites, I carry a selection of moisture meters to ascertain whether moisture has penetrated into the laminate and/or into the core, whether PVC foam or balsa. I use the latest Sovereign Quantum Marine Moisture Meter, which can accurately compare moisture levels on shallow (up to around 3mm deep) readings with deeper readings, including into the core itself. I also use a Tramex Skipper meter, which is excellent for decks, with two softer sensors allowing any uneven non slip paint or moulded in pattern of gelcoat to be fully in contact with the sensors, and also a Protimeter Aquant II, which is actually designed for the building trade, but likewise excellent at measuring deep into the core, while ignoring superficial moisture – which is very useful on days with poor conditions, surface moisture and for underwater surfaces that have just been pressure washed when time is short hoisted in the slings for a lunchtime hoist survey.

Quarter Tonner, Hamble

Quarter Tonner

Quarter Tonner Marine Survey.  A quarter tonner by French designer, Jacques Fauroux in 1980 and still winning 35 years later. Fully refurbished by Yachting Sports Ltd, Hamble with a converted rig to remove runners and checkstays. Yachting Sports Ltd are a company I have worked with several times: in the heart of Hamble Point Marina they are noted for their exceptional craftsmanship and are often asked to make modifications after delivery to Nauticat Yachts where one owner decided he wanted to fit a bath in the aft cabin! The joinery detail is second to none and has led them to a number of refurbishment projects on Hallberg Rassys, Najads and other blue water cruisers.

Sigma 362, Hamble

Sigma, Marine Projects, Survey, Hamble

A Sigma 362 Marine Insurance Survey at Universal Marina on the River Hamble. These classic single skin FRP hull David Thomas designed, Marine Projects built cruiser racers in my opinion are under-rated compared with the more well known Sigma 33 OOD and her bigger sister the Sigma 38 OOD. With a little more displacement than your average cruiser / racer, these yachts sail well and rate well under IRC handicap, as I recall clearly when we raced against one called Software Mistress a few years ago!

Beneteau First 47.7, Hamble

Beneteau First

Beneteau First 47.7 Yacht Marine Survey in Hamble. This Beneteau First designed by Bruce Farr and built by Beneteau as a performance cruiser racer has been well travelled, including two Atlantic trips and a long stay in the Caribbean. Recently resprayed in Awlcraft by Desty Marine in Hamble she represents an excellent value fast cruiser.

Beneteau First 34.7, Hamble

Beneteau First

Beneteau First 34.7 Marine Survey at Ancasta in Port Hamble. The 34.7 is Beneteau’s IRC racer/cruiser answer to the likes of the J/109, X35 and Archambault 35. Designed with a low CofG fin keel with a lead torpedo bulb, the optional carbon rig and carbon bowsprit and a lightweight interior, this vessel should be highly competitive in IRC fleets around the country, inshore cans racing or JOG & RORC offshore racing.

Dehler 34, Poole

Dehler 34

Pre-Purchase Marine Survey on 1989 Dehler 34 Top in Poole. A very well built vessel from Germany with a good performance too – the Dehler 34 was derived from a successful IOR 3/4 tonner and mass produced on a large scale. Still popular and a vessel that has aged very well over the 25 years since new.

J Boats J109, Hamble

J Boats J/109

J/109 Marine Survey at Key Yachting, Hamble. The J/109 by J Boats / J Composites of France, is a one design and IRC cruiser racer that are prolific in the results of most major regattas. /these yachts are at home in one design fleets or in IRC handicap racing. A great combination of performance with reasonable accommodation too.

Corby 29 IRC Racer

Corby 29

Corby 29 in a barn in the middle of Hampshire! This IRC racing design has successfully competed in numerous inshore “cans” races, and will be back for Cowes Week in 2015. Currently undergoing a refurbishment project, having recently had a rebuild by Desty Marine in Hamble.

J 109 Marine Survey, Hamble

J Boats J/109

J/109 Marine Survey at Key Yachting, Hamble Point. The J/109 by J Boats / J Composites of France, is a one design cruiser racer type that are prolific in the results of most major regattas – these yachts are at home in one design fleets or in IRC handicap racing. A great combination of performance with reasonable accommodation too.

Mumm 36 Racing Yacht, Hamble

Mumm 36

Mumm 36 IRC racing yacht Marine Survey in Hamble. This particular yacht was a competitior of mine once! I recall racing against her when I owned a Jeanneau One Design 35 (JOD 35) and fighting it out down the Little Russel in Guernsey during a JOG race over there! Guernsey based but now in Hamble for a major refit.

Sigma 38, Port Solent

Sigma 38

Sigma 38 Marine Survey at Port Solent. A well maintained example of this cruiser/racer in great condition. Sigma 38s have been around for 3 decades in the prizes, designed as a non high tech one design GRP offshore cruiser/racer, which the design does superbly, now more often raced under IRC. Marine insurance survey at Port Solent.