people buying boats...
There is a saying that goes something like this: you can buy a boat for $10k, put $10k into it and have a $12k boat in the end. I had a terrible surveyor in the Baltimore area. As a result I''ve had to put tens of thousands of dollars into my boat including: a new engine, new rigging, fiberglass work, etc. Not to scare any potential boat buyers away but next time I would pay slightly more for a boat owned by an anal rententive paranoid who spent the time, effort, and money to keep his boat in shape vs saving a few bucks and finding problem after problem with a neglected boat. There are some excellent articles on the web that one can google search for that basically tell you how to do your own pre-survey before you call in the professional.