Originally Posted by RobGallagher
For example, insurance surveys don't test engine compression, they only care if it runs, isn't leaking fuel into the bilge, and isn't about to fall off it's mounts.
There are plenty of dishonest brokers and sellers. A good surveyor is like having a good lawyer on your side. He finds the mechanical and structural loop holes, the things the buyer may not understand, explains them to you and assists you in making an informed decision.
I am not certain how the compression comment fits into your intent...but FWIW all surveys I've had, insurance and purchase, and in those I have read, the surveyors commented at best on the visual appearance of the engine and standing rigging, and exclude their condition from their scope. So the good lawyer comment, which is quite wise, should include an engine mechanic and rigger as part of the team.