thanks for the replies everyone,
I had planned on getting a survey done when I find the boat I decided on, I was just wondering what everyone's opinions were of surveys done by the owner of the boat. I had looked at a 25 Catalina two weeks ago and the owner had a pre-purchase survey done a month earlier that he said was so the prospective buyers would see any concerns up front. someone else ended up buying the boat the afternoon I looked at it based off what he saw in the survey the owner had done.
I had actually printed off the information in the Boat Inspection Trip Tips thread that saildog posted a couple weeks ago and used it to put together a small kit that I'm able to carry with me when I go look at a boat. also use the points/tips from that post as a check list and check each item from every boat I look at to get an idea if I want to continue with the next step of a professional inspection. we have two main companies locally who are posting ads for both pre-purchase and insurance inspections for 10.00 per foot plus tax with no travel cost so a 25 fot boat should cost 250.00 plus tax to inspect.