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Please note that the following text is a description of
"TAIPI II", its systems & features.
Observations on any deficiencies are detailed in
"Comments & Recommendations" and "Surveyor's Remarks"


  • OWNER' S NAME: Alain Schiller
  • ADDRESS: 691647 Puako Beach Drive, Apt. 208, Kamuela, HI 96743
  • VESSEL'S BERTH: On its mooring in Elephant Bay off Water Island, USVI
  • VESSEL'S USE: Residence and crewed day sail excursions
  • VESSEL'S HISTORY : Vessel has been in Virgin Islands for several

  • BUILDER: Gacon Camoz, Cannes, France
  • DESIGNER: Peter Ibold
  • MODEL: Staysail schooner

  • BEAM : 13'
  • DRAFT : 7' 6"
  • DISPLACEMENT: 36,000 pounds

  • YEAR BUILT: 1977
  • HULL ID. #: VI2 014600792
  • HOMEPORT: Nantes, France
  • DOCUMENTATION #: 13065/304F

    TAIPI II" is a custom built, ferro-cement hulled, staysail schooner rigged, cruising sail boat showing raked bow with bowsprit, hollow sheer, flush fore and midships deck, trunk cabin, aft cockpit, counter transom, full keel and keel hung rudder. The ferro-cement hull was reportedly plastered over-steel bar and wire mesh to a reported average thickness of 3/4"- Ballast is encapsulated lead and concrete. The marine plywood bulkheads are bonded to hull and overhead at compartment intersections. The fiberglass and resin sheathed marine plywood deck is supported by 2"x 3" laminated deck beams on 12" and 14" centers. The hull/deck joint is supported by a 3"x 3" laminated wooden shelf. The wooden box beam masts are stepped on deck with compression posts to the bilge. Chainplates are anchored to the hull and bulkheads.
    (Page 2 of 10)

    Wetted Surface:
    "TAIPI II" was inspected on August 13, 1996 while vessel was on the hard at Haulover Marine Center, Crown Bay. St Thomas. Wetted surface showed no evidence of weakness. The wetted surface showed evidence of grounding on sand with resultant loss of bottom paint, epoxy coating and exterior layer of concrete on specific limited keel and hull surfaces. The wire mesh exposed at the isolated locations showed no evidence of rusting or fragmentation of the adjacent concrete. The epoxy coating in the affected areas of the keel, port wetted surface and rudder will need renewal prior to bottom paint application. The antifouling bottom paint showed need for renewal due in part to the recent removal during Hurricane Bertha. The recently created and repaired hole on the port quarter wetted surface, caused by the rudder during Hurricane Bertha, showed no evidence of rusting wire mesh or fragmentation of the adjacent concrete. The 1" square hole has been repaired to good standards.The 22" diameter, three bladed, left handed bronze Propellor, the 1-1/4" stainless steel shaft, the bronze through hull fittings and the hollow, welded steel rudder with stainless steel rudderpost showed no evidence of pitting or wastage The shaft zinc, the rudder post zinc, the two large hull? zincs and the two gudgeon zincs all showed proper wastage. Zincs will needreplacement at this haulout.Rudder moved easily without binding or chatter. The cutlass bearing was serviceable. The bobstay chainplate on the stem showed no wastage or pitting. Please see COMMENTS.

    Topsides: Topsides show overall strong and functional condition with painted white surface in good condition. No weakness was observed. Topsides show fair luster with blue boot top and painted blue wooden rub rail along the sheer. A painted blue caprail is atop the low rise bulwarks. Three portholes are seen on starboard topsides with four portholes seen to port. A self steering mount is attached to the stern.

    Deck: Deck shows painted light blue non-skid surface in good condition. Deck is free of obstructions. Lifelines are mounted along gunwales with large generator box forward of the main mast. Some lifeline stanchions show broken bases and/or deformed stanchion. Please see COMMENTS.

    Superstructures: The composite plywood and fiberglass sheathed superstructure shows good condition with opening portlights on three sides and ventilation hatches overhead. painted white non skid surface is seen on all tread areas of cabin top.
    (Page 3 of 10)

    Layout: Forward cabin shows inside access to chain locker, lockers along the starboard hull, a high level V- berth (only functional with an insert) and an opening overhead hatch. The next cabin aft shows a double berth to port with lockers underneath, foremast compression post, opening overhead hatch, two fixed portlights and a hanging locker to starboard. The central passageway aft shows a single berth cabin with hanging locker, drawers, two fixed portlights and an opening overhead hatch to starboard. A double berth cabin with two fixed portlights, an opening overhead hatch, hanging locker, and drawers is to port. The head is aft to starboard showing a manual marine toilet and a porcelain sink with faucet. Head has an opening portlights and an overhead deck prism. Up two steps to the main cabin level shows the galley along the starboard hull and a "C" shaped dinette for four people to port. The dinette shows lockers outboard and below. Navigation table is located aft to port alongside electronics and main electrical panel. Pantry area and an additional storage area are located aft to starboard. Main cabin shows six fixed portlights, six opening portlights on the cabin sides and an opening overhead hatch. The six step companionway ladder is centered aft.
    Finish: The interior of "TAIPT II" shows painted marine plywood cabin sole, painted marine plywood cabinetry and bulkheads with varnished hardwood trim. The main cabin shows varnished hardwood cabin sole. The ceiling is teak varnished planking. The topsides are reportedly insulated. The overhead is textured paneling with varnished laminated deck beams.

    Structure appears strong with no evidence or weakness, movement, delamination or decay.
    (Page 4 of 10)

    Galley is located to starboard in the main cabin and shows double basin stainless steel sink with fresh & salt water faucet and foot pump/faucet forward. The two burner with oven gimbaled Seamer Jaya LPG stove is along the starboard hull. The blue Formica counter top/work area is located aft of stove with lockers outboard and below. Refrigeration is provided by a portable ice box.

    Diesel fuel
    is stowed in twin reported 55 gallon epoxy tar coated steel tanks mounted beneath main cabin sole to either side of main engine. Tanks show side deck fills with direct overboard venting. No leakage was detected.
    Fresh water Fresh water is stowed in two epoxy tar coated steel tanks at the quarters and an integral hull and fiberglass tank in the forward bilge. Total capacity is reported to be 165 gallons. No leakage was detected. Deck fills are to port and starboard astern and on starboard amidships deck.

    "TAIPI II" is powered by a 1990, 76 HP, four cylinder, turbo-charged Yanmar 4JH2-HTE marine diesel engine located in the main cabin bilge and accessible by removable cabin sole hatches. Engine shows SN 22639. Engine is flexibly mounted atop custom stainless steel engine beds mounted atop the formed stringers. Fuel system shows copper tubing and rubber hose supply to the two Racer fuel filters en route to the engine. An in-line fuel shut off valve is fitted. The raw/fresh water cooling system shows functional sea cock, sea strainer, heat exchanger, oil and transmission coolers. The wet exhaust shows a riser with pot and rubber hose discharge to the transom. The Kanzar transmission turns a 1-1/4" stainless steel shaft through a bronze stuffing box and rubber hose/fiberglass tube log. Engine also powers an 80A alternator. Engine controls include separate shift and throttle levers and pull stop at the helm. The key ignition/start switch is at the engine gauge panel in the main cabin. Engine gauges include functional tachometer, water temperature and oil pressure gauges plus all engine alarm. Engine hourmeter shows 2199 hours. Engine was operated in all gears at various rpms and showed normal function, both at the mooring and underway.

    Vessel's head is fitted with a manual marine toilet and porcelain sink with foot pump fresh water faucet, shower sump is drained by a manual pump. Pressure water is provided by a 12v DC water Puppy diaphragm pump mounted in the engine compartment.At time of survey, the 12V DC bilge pump in the engine compartment was not functional. Some of the seacocks were functional and show double hose clamps. Please see COMMENTS.

    Vessel is maneuvered with a rope covered, stainless steel wheel at the helm and uses chain and 5/16" stainless steel 7x19" wire over bronze sheaves to the quadrant mounted atop the stainless steel rudder post. Steering moved the rudder easily without binding or chatter. An emergency tiller is stowed aboard.

    12V DC power is generated by the engine mounted 80A alternator and is stowed in one 27 series engine starting battery in the engine compartment and an 8-D heavy duty marine battery secured and covered under the companionway ladder. On/off master battery switches for each battery plus a Guest 4-way battery switch and a Cole Hersee 4-way battery switch are mounted below main electrical panel to port of companionway.The DC electrical panel features eight fused switches and three circuit breakers. Gauges at panel include voltage aild amperage gauges plus battery test switch. Wiring as observed showed proper installation, maintenance and function.

    Fire Extinguishers:
    "TAIPI II" is fitted with the following fire fighting and safety equipment, found to be in serviceable condition and properly stowed for ease of use, except as noted in COMMENTS:1

  • BC-I fire extinguisher (lacks recent inspection record)
  • 1 A-II:BC-II fire extinguisher (lacks recent inspection record) 3
    Distress signals: (Red hand flares expire 8/98)
  • 1 Red hand flare (expired)
  • 1 Orange hand flare (expired)
  • 1 Orange hand flare (expires 12/97)
  • 3 Red 12 gauge meteor flares (expire 8/98)
  • 3 Red 12 gauge meteor flares (expired)
  • 1 12 gauge flare launcher
  • 1 Mouth horn (conch horn)
    Other Safety Equipment
  • 1 First aid kit
  • 1 Binoculars
  • 1 Toolkit
  • 1 Henry Brown Compass
  • 1 Emergency Tiller
  • 6 Type II adult PFDs
  • 1 Type IV PFD, horseshoe buoy
  • 7 Sailing harnesses
  • 1 Recording barometer
  • 1 Hand bearing compass
  • 1 Signal flag collection
  • Collection of bungs

    GROUND TACKLE "TAIPI II" is fitted with the following serviceable ground tackle, properly stowed for use, except as noted in COMMENTS:

  • 1 60# Danforth Plow anchor with approximately 200' of 3/8" chain
  • 1 75# folding Fisherman anchor with approximately 50' of 5/8" chain and approximately 100' of 7/8" braided nylon rode
  • 1 Simpson Lawrence manual anchor windlass (Page 6 of 10)

    "TAIPI II" is fitted with stainless steel double course bow and stern rails connected with double course vinyl covered upper lifeline and 1x19 stainless Steel wire lower lifeline supported by stainless steel stanchions mounted inboard of the bulwarks along the sheer. A lifeline gate is fitted astern. Navigation lights are mounted on bow and stern rails. A double roller anchor platform is fitted at bow to either side of bowsprit.
    Foredeck shows one hawse hole, three bitts, Dorade vent box and opening anchor windlass. The flush amidships deck shows four hatches, three Dorado vent boxes and generator box. Raised cabin shows three opening hatches, two grab rails and companionway hatch. Cockpit shows bench seating to port and starboard with locker beneath port seat. Helm is centered with grab rail and binnacle compass. Lazarette locker is beneath helmsman's seat. A stainless steel bracket for self steering gear and transom access steps is fitted to stern.

    The staysail schooner rigged vessel is fitted with two box beam painted white wooden masts that are each stepped on deck. Masts are supported with compression posts to the bilge, stainless steel Chainplate, stainless steel turnbuckles. 1x9 stainless steel wire using swaged and StaLok end fittings. Sail tracks are mounted atop bulwarks. Mainsheet traveler is mounted aft of cockpit. Adequate winches are provided.Vessel is fitted with a Harken roller furling headsail system. Stationary mounts for the spinnaker pole are on the leading edge of the foremast. The box beam bowsprit is supported with whisker and hob stays. A club footed forestaysail is also fitted. The standing rigging of the main mast only was inspected aloft and on deck and shows good condition, except as noted in COMMENTS. The mizen mast rigging was inspected on deck only. No evidence of decay or aging of the painted wooden masts was seen.
    "TAIPI" is fitted with the following sail handling winches.

  • 3 Foremast halyard winches
  • 1 Goiot main halyard winch
  • 4 Sheet handling winches
  • 3 Winch handles

    "TAIPI Il" is reportedly fitted with the following sails. were not examined and condition is unknown. However, sails were properly furled and stowed.

  • 1 1985 Lee Mainsail
  • 1 1985 Lee Mule (Foresail)
  • 1 Fore Staysail
  • 1 1977 Fisherman
  • 1 1977 Yankee
  • 1 1985 Lee Roller Furling Genoa
    (Page 7 of 13)

    INVENTORYThe following items were found on board "TAIPI II" at the time of inspection and were in serviceable condition, except as noted in COMMENTS:

  • 1 Standard Horizon USA VHF radio
  • 1 GME Navstar A300S Satellite Navigator
  • 1 Sony AM/FM/Cassette Stereo
  • 1 Panasonic Color Television
  • 1 Panasonic Tuner/Timer
  • 2 12V/110 V VCR Panasonic*
    Ship's Gears
  • 1 Six gallon outboard fuel tank
  • Assorted Cooking, Serving and Eating Utensils
  • Assorted Charts, Cruising Guides
  • 2 Over-the-boom Awnings
  • 1 Windlass cover
  • 1 Taylor diesel cabin heater
  • 1 Bosun's chair
  • 3 Buckets
  • 6 Fenders
  • 3 Portable Ice Boxes
  • 1 Ship's Clock
  • 1 Recording Barometer
  • Assorted Dock Lines
  • Assorted Navigation Tools
  • Assorted Snorkeling Gear

    *was omitted in survey


  • 1. The fire extinguishers aboard this vessel lack recent inspection records.

    Have all fire extinguishers inspected, serviced as necessary and tagged by a qualified fire extinguisher technician. Put tagged extinguishers back in mounted locations about the vessel.

  • 2. The propane system aboard this vessel lacks the pressure gauge between tank and regulator as required by ABYC standard A-1.5 2. Install a pressure gauge between tank and regulator and use in a routine test for leakage of the propane system between the tank and end use.

  • 3. Vessel lacks the following USCG required and/or recommended safety equipment. Provide all:
    A) a bell.
  • 4. Bilge is full of diesel fuel due to recent change of fuel filter. Remove diesel fuel and dispose of properly.
  • 5. Various seacocks below the waterline on this vessel are inoperable and/or lack double hose clamps. For example, the seacock to port forward of main engine is unused and inoperable.
    Free and lubricate each seacock at every haulout and install double hose clamps on all hose connections below the waterline.
  • 6. The lifelines and stanchions show varying stages of disrepair and damage. Rebuild port and starboard lifelines and stanchions as needed.
    A) Port forward lower course lifeline shows broken strand by way of bow rail. Replace wire.
    B) Port lifelines show four stanchions are bent inwards at the base resulting in broken bases.
    C) The #5 starboard lifeline stanchion shows it is broken completely from its base and the stanchion has been secured to the starboard upper shroud for support.
    D) The #2 starboard lifeline stanchion is broken from the base.
  • 7.The port running light on the how rail is broken away from its mount. The anchor light aloft on the main mast is dark. Repair and prove function of all navigation lighting.
  • 8. The mainsheet block shows cracked tang at base. Replace mainsheet block.
  • 9. The starboard lower shroud outer rang aloft on the mast below the spreaders shows that it is cracked between the edge and the hole for the through-the-mast-bolt. Remove, fabricate and replace rang. Check other tangs in area for similar damage Replace as needed.
  • l0. The main and mizen masts show that the screw fasteners holding the spreader bases to each mast have been pulled out for some reason.
  • 11. Vessel was not fitted with a functional 12V DC bilge pump at time of survey. install and maintain a functional bilge pump .
  • 12. The repair of the hole caused by the rudder during Hurricane Bertha should be finished by fairing to shape, sealing of new concrete with epoxy and coating with bottom paint.
  • 13 The exposed wire mesh sighted on the keel and the port wetted surface should be covered with protective epoxy coating to prevent rusting and fragmentation of the ferro-cement hull.
    (Page 9 of 10)

    SURVEYOR' S REMARKS:"TAIPI II" was found to be a very strong vessel due to the minimal damage it suffered as a result of being blown ashore during Hurricane Bertha."TAIPI II" is considered by the undersigned to be a good insurance risk when ALL items from COMMENTS & RECOMMENDATIONS above are complied with. The owner of "TAIPI II" was in attendance and has been notified of the above findings verbally and by this report.The following market value is based on the average selling price of a vessel of this type and size, according to the material at hand, considering all extras and accessories fairly depreciated and is intended for insurance and financial evaluation only.The following market value is not intended to influence the purchase or non-purchase of the subject vessel. The current market value of "TAIPI II" in this geographical location, based on our experience and understanding of current market conditions and after compliance with all noted recommendations listed above, is estinated to be US$85,000.This report is sutmitted in good faith and constitutes a description of the suject vessel's condition as found at the time of survey. The undersigned Marine Surveyor assumes no responsibility for any defects and is to be held harmless for conditions subsequently arising. This report does nort warrant (expressty or implied) or guarantee the condition of the subject vessel.This survey is issued without prejudice.

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