Have you gone to a recommended local broker and explained what your needs and expectations are? That might be a place to start. These days plenty of boats are bought across the line.. the difference here with you is that nobody need arrange transport north.
It's a difficult process, though.. a few years back a friend here made several lengthy trips to inspect prospective boats (California, Chicago) after strong assurances by the brokers there that it was "exactly what he was looking for" only to realize within 5 mins that he'd wasted the trip. Frustrating and expensive.
Hopefully someone here from the south can hook you up with a good broker and/or surveyor.
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"