Well, mmcginnis, since nobody else has answered you, I'll give it a go. (N.B.: I'm a newbie at this, myself.)
If you have no other recommendations (see below), I would start with these two sites:
The National Association of Marine Surveyors, Inc.
The Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors, Inc.
And look for surveyors in and around your area.
But before you do that, try to learn something about sailboats, how they're generally put together, what you can expect to find in a boat of the age you're in the market for, the methods and techniques surveyors use, then...
Start making calls and asking questions. (Try to make 'em intelligent questions--thus the studying mentioned above.) It's been my
experience that surveyors are willing to spend time with you on the phone explaining their experience, training, background, etc., and their methods, procedures, etc., if you're asking them good
questions. (The more surveyors you talk to, the easier this gets, btw.)
Depending on what you're looking at, you may find one-or-more surveyors recommending other surveyors. (I had it happen three times, for various reasons.)
Finally, take recommendations from sellers and selling brokers with a healthy grain of salt. Keep in mind: A seller or a selling broker has a vested interest in seeing the boat sold.
Here are some more links I had under the topic "Surveyors" in my notes (some of 'em may reference surveyors in my area--I don't recall):
US Surveyors Association. Approved marine surveyor training and education courses.
The Sailboat Surveyor
Boatsurvey.com locates marine surveyors for power boat and sailing yacht surveys throughout the World
Davis and Company Ltd., Marine Surveyors, Marine Engineers, Marine Consultants
Marine Surveying Yacht Surveying Boat Surveying -- Rob Scanlan, CMS/MMS
That's about all I can tell you. Hope this helps.