Originally Posted by Canadaler
My plan was to check it out myself first. If it looks like something worth the time and effort, I'll call in a surveyor to go through it and provide a report with recommendations.
Agree, you should always talk first, make sure he has all the documents needed, (title, etc) and is the owner. Once that is done and you do a run thru of the boat and are happy with it, make your first bid, note on the bids that they are based on having a satisfied Surveyor inspect.