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Terms & Conditions

Machinery, spars, masts, rig and sails, ancillary equipment, electrical, gas, electronic, refrigerator, air-conditioning, plumbing and pumping equipment, sewage treatment, navigational aids, other sundry services and tanks are inspected only for installation standards and visual appearance, without any specific test or dismantling. For sailing vessels, if a mast is stepped only those parts of the mast and rig up to the head height are inspected in detail, unless specifically contracted to undertake a full rigging survey. Sails stored in their bags or left on forestays and booms are not laid out or hoist/deployed (unless specifically instructed) and only an opinion of the visible sail areas can be provided.
The hull’s condition is assessed by non-destructive examination and by assessment of the sample areas condition where the coatings are removed. Where hulls carry heavy layers of epoxy, pitch or paint finishes the condition of the whole area of the substrate can not be guaranteed and can only be estimated from the evidence obtained from the sample areas scraped clean. It is highly desirable that the vessel is pressure washed to provide a clean surface to assess and more accurate moisture meter readings. The survey does not provide an opinion on areas not presented visible, for instance beneath fixed flooring, behind linings etc. unless these are accessible through visible traps and should not be taken to hide the existence of isolated deterioration or damage concealed by fillers, paints or other means.
The surveyor can not comment on every minor matter but will try to point out where small factors shall become more serious. The Client accepts that the surveyor’s report can not cover unexposed, hidden, or inaccessible areas of the vessel. Neither can the Surveyor undertake to investigate the vessel’s areas that he believes to be inaccessible at the time of the survey. Where the surveyor can not gain access to areas commonly accessible he will endeavour to point it out.
In areas where pitting is present, it is not possible to ascertain the full extent of pitting and if a vessel is needle gunned or shot blasted, further issues may uncover and Lefkas Marine Surveys can not be held liable for those defects.
Lefkas Marine Surveys can not be held any liability for any corrosion caused as a result of inappropriate anodes being used or as a result of them not having been renewed on a regular basis.
Any survey ‘’afloat’’ or ‘’in the mud’’ which denies the access to below the waterline hull’s area, the surveyor shall not be held any liability for any subsequent defects may arise on these areas.
The generator and engine installations are inspected visually where is possible. If presented in commission, the engine is run to appraise its general condition like vibration levels etc. The engine or any associated equipment will be not dismantled within the scope of a condition survey, hence no detailed comments upon the internal condition of the engine parts are possible without separate full dismantle and mechanical survey.
Electrical, heating, plumbing, and other services are inspected only where visible and by test switch only as far as the power-up stage, but not operated unless presented in commission. Electrical wiring is inspected ‘only visual’ in all cases.
Any portable gas installation is inspected ‘’only visually’’ and not pressure tested. All gas systems should be regularly tested as part of a usual preventive maintenance routine. In respect of engine, electrical and gas installations it is recommended that a specialist survey is carried out.
Tanks are inspected where visible and not internally, not pressure test will be undertaken. The tanks content is not tested for contamination. Hatches, windows, and external doors are not hose pipe tested for leaks. Skin fittings and hull fastenings are not withdrawn for inspection.
Any estimate of valuation provided shall be in accordance with the scope of work unless otherwise stated in writing. Valuation estimate is based on known average retail values achieved by a vessel similar type and condition in the same location to the date referred to. Valuations are opinions only, no representations of fact and nor do carry with them any guarantee of the information or particulars on which opinions are based. Valuations assume that a willing seller and a willing buyer and market conditions applicable at the valuation time or such other date is expressly referred to. Lefkas Marine Surveys shall not be liable for any deviation in the value estimated based on lack of maintenance or vessel’s deterioration.
If a sea trial is performed, the Surveyor does not pilot the vessel. The broker/owner or owner’s representative should take the vessel out of the harbour and dock her on the returning. The surveyor is there only to observe and report. It is suggested the Sea Trial should be performed after the survey and not before.
Particulars such as tonnage, registration number, dimensions, and build year are normally stated as advised or as exhibited aboard the vessel and are not authenticated. Dimensions, if checked are by means of a steel tape measure or calliper and should not be relied upon as to total accuracy. This survey does not carry any guarantee regarding ownership or the clear title of the vessel, neither that it is being offered for sale free from mortgages or charges, liens, debts or other encumbrances.
Unless specifically instructed to the contrary the inspection and any comments made relative to performance, design or the vessel’s suitability, are based on the assumption that the vessel will be used as a private pleasure craft within the waters it was designed for. Unless specifically stated to the contrary this report and inspection do not seek to address compliance with any international or national rules, codes, regulations or standards.
Lefkas Marine Surveys liability shall expire 12 months after completion of its services in respect of which liability is alleged to arise and Lefkas Marine Surveys shall thereafter have no liability in respect of those services or/and any alleged default in connection with the provision thereof.
If the Client for any reason seeks to bring legal action against the surveyor or Lefkas Marine surveys, the total of any damages that may be awarded will be limited to the charge of the survey fee as listed on the Survey contract.
This report is prepared solely for the client’s benefit to whom it was commissioned and by whom it is addressed. No responsibility is accepted to any third party to whom the report may be sold passed. This Survey contract shall be governed by and construed in accordance with Greek law and any dispute arising hereunder will be submitted to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Greece. No responsibility is accepted for any subsequent losses arising, including but not limited to loss of use, loss of profits or business interruption.
a) Ensure that full instructions are given to the Surveyor representing Lefkas Marine surveys, which are provided in sufficient time to enable the required services to be performed efficiently and effectively. The Client agrees to disclose all relevant information to the Surveyor of which they have access or to which they have knowledge, in relation to vessel to be surveyed.
b) In consultation with the surveyor, provide all necessary access to the vessel and premises (including trials lift-out and facility for inspection afloat and ashore as appropriate) for no less than such time is required to be reasonable for each particular circumstance to enable all the appropriate tests and inspections to be performed or undertaken.
c) Ensure that all the appropriate safety measures are taken to provide secure and safe working conditions. In case any breach of the requirements of these clauses a, b and c, causing any failure on the Surveyor’s part to undertake the Scope of Work, the client will be responsible for all the consequential charges and costs incurred by the Surveyor and always in respect of any element of the Scope of Work undertaken.
d) In case of a pre-purchase survey, must be ensured that the vendor in no ways delays the conduct of the survey. Any hindrance, distraction or access denial, will result in immediate termination of the Survey. The client is very welcome to attend the Survey but should arrive any time.
e) The Client should facilitate the survey process by ensuring that the following are complete before the Survey date: (i) Emptying lockers, bilges and compartments for inspection. If these are not emptied, the surveyor will not inspect these areas unless permission from the owner is given. Lockers that are too full or areas beneath heavy stored items will not be inspected or an extra fee will be charged to remove the stored equipment. (ii) Explanation of the use of non-standard installations, unfamiliar equipment, and proper operation of all the machinery. (iii) Reveal of any previous structural changes or major repairs, providing documentation as to these changes and also all the chain of ownership legal documents. “Time spent emptying the sail locker is time not spent surveying!”
The ship’s documents should be onboard and available for inspection. (Vessel’s certificate of ownership or ship’s registry).
The Surveyor do not:
– Remove masts from racks or remove their wrapping. Should be ready before the Surveyor’s arrival.
– Remove tarpaulin or shrink wraps. Should be removed before the surveyor’s arrival.
– Connect or install batteries. Should be connected and installed before the Surveyor’s arrival.
– Connect the shore power or carry a generator to supply the shore power. Should be arranged before the Surveyor’s arrival.
– Move large quantities of equipment or gear to gain access in the vessel. Should be done before the surveyor’s arrival.
– Use tools to gain access to any area including chainplates, bilge compartments or lockers. However, in this case, the saloon sole boards will be unscrewed and lifted for a full inspection of the keel bolts.
If the vessel is to undergo sea trials or to be sailed to the slipway by the surveyor:
– The fuel tanks must have sufficient fuel for the return voyage.
– The batteries to be fully charged to allow operation of the engine and systems.
– The engine cooling and lubricating system to be filled.
– All shore connections (shore power/freshwater supply) to be disconnected.
– All engine instruments and rev counter to be operational.
– Steering gear to be operational.
– All loose items to be secured.
Based in the centre of Lefkas we cover Preveza/Aktio, Lefkas Marina and Vliho/Nidri