Re: Is a marine survey really worth it for an inexpensive boat?
For a cheap, small & simple boat, spending 25% or more of the price on a survey seems foolish to me. Sort of like getting a home inspection for a garden shed.
Casey's book is good - study it in advance and take it with you to look the boat over.
The sticky at the head of this forum on "Inspection trip tips" is also good - again, read it first and take a copy with you.
Taking a knowledgeable friend is always a good idea - they don't have those stars in their eyes.
I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.