Scope of the Marine Survey
Guidelines used for a survey will be the Rules and
Regulations for Recreational Boats, as excerpted from the United
States Code (USC) and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
published by the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC), as well as the
Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft, also
published by the ABYC, and NFPA 302: Standard for Pleasure and
Commercial Motor Craft, published by the National Fire Protection
Association (NFPA). For sail boats the Safety Recommendations for
Cruising Sailboats (SRCS), published by US Sailing will be used to
the extent they are applicable.
An assessment whether the vessel is in full compliance with all of the
rules, regulations and standards is beyond the scope of the survey.
Hull and deck moldings will be subjected to close visual inspection and
random percussion soundings with a light phenolic mallet and moisture
meter tests with an Electrophysics Moisture Meter Model GRP33 and/or a
Protimeter Aquant. Rain and freezing temperatures will preclude reliable
moisture meter readings. Moisture meter readings may also be unreliable
if the boat will be hauled shortly before the survey.
The interior structure of the vessel will be visually inspected.
Certain parts of the vesselís structure, systems and equipment can only
be inspected after removing bulkheads, joinery, liners, cabin soles,
tanks, etc. This would be prohibitively time consuming, potentially
destructive and costly to restore. Components requiring access with
tools or by disassembly will not be inspected and core material of deck
or hull, if any, will not be sampled.
The installation and external condition of machinery, plumbing,
electrical systems and equipment will be visually inspected. Complete
inspection can only be made by disassembly or by continuous operation.
This 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. No machinery, electronics,
ancillary equipment, tanks or fittings will be opened for internal
examination. Machinery and equipment will be inspected while operating
only when the Owner or the Ownerís authorized representative (Captain,
Broker, etc.) is present to operate the machinery.
The inspection of flexible piping will be limited to the condition of
its external casing and only where readily accessible for visual
Batteries and their installation will be visually inspected, but the
batteries will not load tested. The external condition of electrical
wiring, connections and system installation will be inspected. If shore
power is readily available, the 120VAC wiring system will be tested with
an Ideal Circuit Analyzer. 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. A complete
analysis of the vesselís electrical systems is beyond the scope of the
Propulsion and rudder shafts will not be drawn for inspection, and no
engine/propeller shaft alignment will be checked. Bimini tops, awnings,
winter covers, etc, that are not rigged or laid out for inspection, will
not be evaluated.
If the mast is stepped, it will be viewed from deck level only. If the
vessel is in a state of winter lay-up, operation of winterized systems
No evaluation will be made of the vesselís stability or other design