Hull Out What can I do
Heres what I did:
Note: The seller agreed to my terms in writing before the survey began.
I had the mast pulled before the survey started.
All systems that could be surveyed with the boat still the water had to be completed before I had the boat hauled. this included tha mast and rigging.
After the engine was tested and while still warm, I winterized it while the surveyor got the boat ready for haulout.
The boat was hauled and left in the sling for the survey below the waterline.
At the completion of the survey I had the yard block the boat for storage and bottom painting.
Note: My agreement with the seller and the yard was that at any time I could back out of the deal and pay the yard for the work completed and the seller would pay for the remainder.
Example; If the hull was blistered I would have paid only for pulling the mast, and a short haul. The seller would be responsible to get the mast back in. If the motor was suspect, I would not have the boat hauled and the survey would end.
Good luck and get the best surveyor you can find.
One more bit of advice... I had my surveyor picked out before I started boat shopping!