Re: What to look for in a new boat
I don't suggest that yacht clubs can get professional work done on a boat, but the social nature of a yacht club can provide a great deal of insight into how to do your own work, or where to find the professionals who know what they're doing.
I've have mixed success with "professional work". I've spent more than $40,000 in the last couple years with professional work. Much of it has been disappointing and I often do things myself, not for the economy, but just to get it done right.
A large portion of the socialization at docks or at the yacht club bar is about fixing boats. This can be very helpful to a new boat owner.