Know More: Survey Report

We spoke to Steve Berlin of Independent Marine Surveyors in Fort Myers, Florida, and here’s what he said about the Mainship 430:

“I’ve done maybe a dozen or so of them. In my experience with them, there are no major structural flaws with the boat. Some of them have some gelcoat blistering issues on the bottom, which have proven to be more cosmetic than anything else.”

“Where the deck steps down along the side of the boat on each side, and the way the drain lines are, those tend to flood and actually back water up into either the engine room and/or to the cabin. I’ve seen that on a few of them, it’s just a poor drainage system, so we do look for that right away. I did one last year and it actually started to rot out the saloon floor, and it was something that was ongoing.”

“They tend to run their fuel lines over the batteries, which can be a major problem if you have a failure on a fuel line. So things like that we look at, and see how they were put in at the factory and point it out to the client or hopefully it was done right. If we find a problem we make our recommendations to the client about what work might have to be done.”

“On a couple of them I’ve seen where they put in deck hardware and an anchor windlass up in the bow area, sometimes if things aren’t bedded properly you do get some water intrusion into the coring of the deck and not very often but every once in a while you find some soft decks that need to be addressed.”

Independent Marine Surveyors, 239-446-4544;

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