Limitations of Survey

The following is a typical list of limitations to a typical survey…. obviously details will vary from boat to boat, survey to survey.

The survey was carried out on the morning and afternoon of 23.03.2017. The weather at the time of survey was sunny, deteriorating to heavy showers throughout the day. The vessel was examined laid up ashore having been hauled out some months previously. With exception of the areas of the supports and underside of keel the external access was generally good. No guarantee can be given for the watertight integrity of the vessel.

The survey does not address the vessel stability, performance or overall design and no guarantees are given in this respect.

The decks, topsides and hull surface below the waterline were visually inspected, several areas (10 in Number), randomly located of anti-fouling were removed to allow visual inspection of the hull beneath and to allow moisture meter readings to be taken using a Tramex Skipper Plus. Only these actual areas are reported on therefore areas of the hull not examined beneath the anti-fouling or hull coating cannot be commented upon.

The use of hammer sounding for the detection of delamination and voids in hulls and mouldings is generally only reliable in the detection of larger areas of delamination. Small voids will probably go undetected.

The rudder was inspected in situ and not unshipped, areas hidden from view cannot be commented upon.
The vessel was chocked up resting on the keel and this may limit signs of movement at the hull/keel join and or keel matrix.
The mast was stepped, this and the rigging were visually inspected from deck level only to head height, the upper sections above head height are excluded from the survey. The rig should be un-stepped and inspected by a qualified rigger.

Inspection of the sails was not possible, inspection/ assessment should be made by a sailmaker.

Windows and hatches have not been hose tested for water tightness or tested whilst the vessel underway.

The water tanks, plumbing, heads, skin fittings, sea cocks, etc. were visually examined in situ and not removed from the vessel. Similarly, the fuel tanks and fuel system were visually examined in situ. General equipment commented upon in the report was visually examined in situ and not removed for further inspection. No fastenings were removed for examination (unless specified) and no dismantling was undertaken to gain access other than normally removable panels. Woodwork or other parts of the structure which were covered, unexposed or inaccessible have not been inspected, we are therefore unable to report that any such part of the structure is free from defect. Therefore, only areas of the vessel and items of equipment readily accessible have been inspected and commented upon.

Only a visual examination was carried out regarding machinery and systems, and a report from a qualified engineer should be obtained to satisfy its actual condition. With regard instruments and navigational aids, the units are turned on only to ascertain they power up, but are not tested regarding performance.
Wear and / or corrosion on shaft and bearings hidden from view may not be detected

The inspection of the gas system is limited to a visual external inspection without dismantling or testing. No “work” as defined by the Gas Safety Regulations 1994 was carried out. The installation should be inspected by a gas Safe engineer and a compliance certificate obtained.

This survey is not a compliance survey for the SCV 93 Codes Of Practice, nor was the vessel examined to ascertain whether it complied with MCA, RCD or CE marking requirements or requirements for any other “Code” or specific requirements. The “Declaration of Conformity” was not available for inspection.

All measurements, dimensions and capacities are approximate only. A detailed investigation to confirm the age of the vessel has not been carried out. The ownership of the vessel, legal and financial status of the vessel is not commented upon.
The dimensional and numerical data given is that taken from the manufacturers specifications, either directly or via standard texts, this information has been obtained from a third-party source and has not been checked for accuracy.


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