Originally Posted by Stumble
Of course not. But which would take longer to survey?
1) a 70' stripped out racer with no interior, a 20hp exposed engine, sloop rigged, open cave design, no plumbing, external removable fuel tank, and full instruments. Built on a carbon/epoxy/foam core hull.
2) a 30' wooden cutter ketch, with installed AC, generator, engine buried in an engine room, installed plumbing system, two berths, twin fuel tanks, twin water tanks, full nav instruments, ect...?
My point is simply that while some surveyors may charge by the foot, it s not unreasonable for a surveyor to charge by how long it will take for him/her to perform the survey.
I stopped surveying wooden boats years ago after spending from sun up to sun down on a 37' pacemaker. I was quite prepared to stay longer but I ran out of note paper. Nobody wants to pay the price to survey a wooden cruiser properly.
I believe the vessel under discussion was a 22' FRP, very simple sailboat so although I don't disagree with some of your points I don't really feel they pertain to OP.