Guidelines used for a survey will be the United States Coast Guard (USCG), mandatory standards described in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 33 and Title 46, and the voluntary standards and recommended practices developed by the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
An assessment whether the vessel is in full compliance with all of the rules, regulations and standards is beyond the scope of a survey.
Certain parts of the vessel's structure, systems and equipment can only be inspected by removing bulkheads, joinery, liners, tanks, etc. This would be prohibitively time consuming, potentially destructive and costly to restore. Therefore components requiring access with tools or by disassembly will not be inspected.
Dirt, marine growth, coatings buildup or corrosion may also restrict the surveyor's ability to examine the affected area of the vessel.
Hull and deck moldings will be subjected to close visual inspection, random percussion sounding with a light phenolic mallet and moisture meter readings with an Electrophysics Moisture Meter Model GRP33, unless prevented by weather conditions at the time of the survey.
If the mast is stepped, it will be viewed from deck level only.
Complete inspection of machinery, plumbing, electrical systems and equipment can only be made by disassembly or by continuous operation. This is not feasible and will not be done. No mechanical tests will be performed on propulsion or auxiliary generating equipment. No compression tests will be performed. No fluid samples will be drawn unless ordered by the Client. Only the installation and external condition of machinery and ancillary equipment will be inspected.
Propulsion and / or rudder shafts will not be drawn for inspection, and no engine/propeller shaft alignment will be checked. The inspection of flexible piping will be limited to the condition of its external casing and connections where accessible for visual inspection.
Electronic and electrical equipment will be tested by powering up and observing basic function. No measurements will be taken; no calibrations or adjustments will be made. The external condition of the batteries, electrical wiring, connections, and electrical system installation will be inspected. Batteries will not be load tested. A complete analysis of the vessel's electrical systems is beyond the scope of a survey.
A sea trial is recommended for Pre-Purchase Surveys and Delivery Inspections.
Machinery and equipment may be inspected while operating only when the owner or the owner's authorized representative (captain, broker, etc.) is present to operate the machinery.
If the vessel is afloat, it is recommended to haul the vessel so that the surveyor can examine all under water parts. If the vessel is blocked ashore, no machinery will be operated. If the vessel is in a state of winter lay-up, operation of winterized systems is precluded.
Sails, bimini tops, awnings, winter covers, etc, that are not rigged or laid out for inspection, will not be evaluated.
Determination of inherent design and stability characteristics is beyond the scope of a survey.
Minor issues, not materially affecting the value of the vessel may not be addressed. Latent defects may exist that are not discoverable under normal inspection methods, and no warranty is offered with respect to latent defects.