A condition survey provides an opinion on the structural condition of all visible and significant aspects of the structure of the vessel as presented for survey, with particular reference to hull condition.
Machinery, masts, spars, rig and sails, ancillary equipment, gas, electrical, electronic, pumping and plumbing equipment, sewage treatment plant, refrigeration equipment, air conditioning, navigational aids, other sundry services and tankage are inspected only for visual appearance and installation standards, without dismantling or specific test. Where a mast is stepped only those parts of the mast and rig up to head height are inspected in detail.
Hull condition is assessed by general non-destructive examination and by assessment of the condition of sample areas where coatings are removed. Where hulls carry heavy layers of coatings (paint, varnish etc.), pitch or epoxy finishes the condition of all areas of the substrate cannot be guaranteed.
The condition can only be estimated on the basis of the evidence gleaned from sample areas scraped clean. The survey does not provide an opinion on the condition of areas not presented visible, for example behind linings, beneath fixed flooring etc, unless these are accessible through portable traps, and should not be taken to preclude completely the existence of isolated damage or deterioration concealed by paints, fillers or other means.
The engine and generator installations are inspected visually, and where possible if presented in commission the engine is run up to assess its general running characteristics, vibration levels etc.
No dismantling of the engine or associated equipment is carried out within the scope of a condition survey. Detailed comment upon the condition of internal parts is not possible without separate full strip down and mechanical survey.
Electrical, plumbing, heating and other services are inspected where visible, but not operated unless presented in commission. Electrical wiring is inspected visually only in all cases.
The bottled gas installation is inspected visually only and pressure tests are not undertaken within the scope of this survey.
All gas systems should be regularly tested as part of a normal preventive maintenance routine. The installation of a bubble tester which permits simple non-invasive checks on the integrity of the system is strongly recommended.
Tanks are inspected where visible but not internally, and are not pressure tested.
Neither windows, hatches, nor external doors are tested for water tightness.
Hull fastenings and skin fittings are not withdrawn for inspection.
Keel bolts are not withdrawn for inspection.
Any estimate of valuation provided is based on known average retail values achieved by craft of similar type and condition in the same location and should not be confused with the replacement value, which may be substantially higher, particularly in the case of rare or unusual boats.
Particulars such as registration numbers, tonnage, build year and dimensions are normally stated as advised or as exhibited aboard the ship, and are not authenticated.
Dimensions, where checked are measured by means of a steel tape measure, and should not be relied upon as to total accuracy.
This survey does not seek to establish that clear title to the vessel exists or that it is being offered for sale free from all debts and encumbrances.
Unless specifically instructed to the contrary the survey, and any comments made relative to design, performance or suitability of the vessel, are based on the assumption that the vessel will be used as a private pleasure vessel in the waters for which it was designed.
Unless specifically stated to the contrary this survey and report does not seek to address compliance with any national or international codes, standards or regulations.
Neither party to the contract shall be in breach of any obligation hereunder (other than the obligations of the client to make payment of any monies due to the surveyor) insofar as performance thereof has been delayed, hindered, interfered with or prevented by any circumstances beyond its reasonable control.
This report is prepared solely for the benefit of the client to whom it is addressed and by whom it was commissioned and no responsibility is accepted to any third party to whom the report may be passed or sold.
Any dispute arising hereunder shall be submitted to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.
No responsibility is accepted for any consequential losses arising, including but not limited to loss of profits, loss of use or business interruption.
This survey contract shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law.