What doesn’t the surveyor do?

I will not offer statements about any part of the boat that is not readily accessible or beyond
the scope of my expertise.  Removal of screws, panels, personal belongings, or junk will only
be done with owner’s permission and extra cost.  I will not offer a statement of condition for
motors, transmissions,(see engine survey FAQ), sailboat rigging higher than 6 feet above
deck, or sails.  If there is any doubt as to age or condition of these components, I will
recommend someone more qualified than I look them.  Removal of bottom paint for moisture
metering may be done with owner’s permission at additional cost.  Core samples can be taken
and analyzed by an independent lab.
From the Surveyor's Notebook