Before hiring a surveyor, I'd highly recommend reading the Boat INspection Trip Tips thread I started a while back. It will at least let you get an idea of whether any boat you're looking at is worth getting survey on.
Another good read is Don Casey's Inspecting the Aging Sailboat. You can buy that book or, better yet, just buy Don Casey's The Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual which contains six of his books in one big book.
"When in command, command." -- Admiral Nimitz
Difference between a power boater and a sailor out on the water: A power boater is going some place special, a sailor is already there.
s/v Zotz 1981 Pearson 365 Ketch Hull #375