Originally Posted by MarkSF
If I find a boat worth surveying and it's in the water at a marina, do I have to organise getting it hauled so a survey can be done? Or will the surveyor organise the whole thing?
Assuing your have an accepted offer to buy the boat that is subject only to an acceptable report of survey, under normal circumstances you and your broker (assuing you are using one) will arrange for the haul out and survey. In connection with this, a buyer--you--would normally have to agree to cover all of the costs of the survey and haul out and indemnify the seller for any damage that might be done to the yacht in writing in advance. On the appointed day the seller and/or his/her broker will deliver the yacht to the haul out location and supervise the actual haul out process itself. While the buyer should accompany the surveyor, a wise seller should also unless the buyer specifically objects to that. Do not be surprised if the seller and/or his broker require that you give the yard where the haul out is done a credit card or other assurance of payment for the service.
Many purchase offers are subject to both an acceptable sea trial and survey which is wise. If so, the sea trial should be conducted before you undertake the cost of a haul out. It is also worth having your surveyor with you during the sea trial so that he/she can examine the rig and sails. While few people insist on it, a good survey should include an inspection of the rigging, which must be done in the water (too dangerous to have someone go aloft while the yacht's on the hard); and, a thorough mechanical inspection which may include an analysis of the engine oil. (When we bought our boat, we insisted on having a good mechanic inspect the engine and its operation).
There is more to this subject but the foregoing should get you headed in the right direction at this point.