The procedure for examining the hull, decks and interior structure of vessels that Morman Marine Surveyors implement during condition and value surveys includes the use of moisture meters for detecting areas of trapped moisture or sources of moisture intrusion, percussive hammers for sounds of delamination of materials and/or core deterioration, and a blade for removing paint or applying pressure to suspect wood. Areas of concern are identified by location and approximate size, with recommendations for further inspection and/or repair.
Inspection of electrical systems are conducted when power sources are available or within the immediate proximity of the vessel in question. If a vessel requires large battery banks, then the DC system should have the appropriate amount of battery power aboard the vessel, charged and ready for the survey. Smaller vessels requiring two or less batteries can be inspected using a battery pack we carry as part of our equipment. All battery cables should be clearly marked for attachment in order to avoid damage to any ship systems. All AC systems should have the appropriate supply of electricity available with any adapters necessary to connect to the power supplied. Both electrical systems are inspected at the panel and where conductors are visible, all areas requiring the removal of fasteners, frames, tanks or equipment in order to inspect any wiring will not be examined.
This survey is not meant to imply the "condition" of any area that could not be seen because of bulkheads, false soles, molding, liners, or any other area that could not be revealed for visual inspection. This survey does not include any destructive testing or core samples.
This survey assumes that there are no hidden or unapparent conditions to the vessel, equipment or devices, which would render it more or less valuable. The surveyor assumes no responsibility for such conditions, or for engineering, which might be required to discover such factors.
Some of the USCG (33 CFR) Codes, NFPA Codes, and ABYC Recommendations that are in effect today may have been enacted after this vessel was manufactured. The recommendations thought to be necessary for safety have been addressed in this survey. However, complete compliance with current requirements and standards may not have been suggested. ABYC Recommendations are being upgraded all the time, mostly as a result of accidents, injuries, and/or fatalities. There is considerable pressure from safety officials and insurance companies to prevent and eliminate the causes of accidents. New boat builders, following ABYC Recommendations, NFPA Codes, and CFR Codes try to redesign problems that have been identified as causes of accidents. Boats built in earlier years may have system or faults not meeting current Recommendations and Codes. Boats are surveyed to present standards as part of the process of trying to reduce accidents. Please keep in mind that ABYC Recommendations are voluntary; insurance companies use them because there are no other recommendations and/or standards available. Your insurance company may request that you update the findings in this survey so as to lower the risk of having to pay a claim. Compliance is up to you; coverage is up to them.
Information, estimates, and opinions furnished to the surveyor, and contained in a survey, are obtained from sources considered reliable and believed to be true and correct including: SoldBoats.com, NADA, and current local sales. However, the surveyor can assume no responsibility for accuracy of such items furnished the surveyor.
On all surveys, subject to satisfactory completion of repairs, or alterations, the survey report and value conclusion are contingent upon completion of the improvements in a workmanlike manner. The survey does not include inspection of or comment on any "condition" of the interior of any mechanical equipment or device.
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