Is a marine survey really worth it for an inexpensive boat?
I am looking at 24-25 foot used sailboats (San Juan, Catalina, Coronado, Kent Ranger). The asking prices are $2000-$4000. Most of my sailing will be in the Seattle lakes, and occasionally I'd like to take it out on the sound. Ultimately trips to the San Juan Islands etc are the goal.
All have been in the water for 40 years, are currently sailing and have dry bilges.
With a haul-out and the cost of an inspection that could easily be 25-50% of a potential purchase price.
I have or will actually sail the boats in a sea trial. I will confirm that all electronics, motor, sails, rigging are as advertised.
My question is: is it really necessary. I take as a given that the boats will require some work.