Originally Posted by sailingfool
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.
I agree, yet, it can get complicated.
For example, one surveyor I used was also a certified Yanmar mechanic. He did a compression check, looked at the alignment, etc. He also did a visual on the rigging and suggested I get a rigger to look at it.
It would also depend on the price point of the boat. For example, if the rigging is 40 yrs old I might put my rigging $$ into simply replacing the standing rigging.