You do understand that these "initial inspections" would have to be FREE...
if you're looking to charge for your services, you're violating the terms of service. I'd also point out that you really need to read the Full Disclosure Thread
for the forums here.
I am happy to do this in my travels from one marina to another, free of charge. This spring I saved a guy in Vancouver from a survey on a 49' boat that was, shall we say, mis-advertised and he said he'd buy me lunch as a thank-you if he ever came to Los Angeles but that wasn't the reason I helped - I'd like to have a non-biased, expert set of eyes to just see if a boat's reasonably like it's advertised, myself.
I'll write more in my profile tonight and hopefully give folks an idea of who I am and what I'm doing. Briefly, I believe our community's what we make it and am surprised and disappointed more professionals don't help in the forums and blogs - It's good for everyone. In this spirit, I've got a blog that's free to all, in which I write in-depth (far too much in depth for forums such as these!) in boat repair and seamanship. If you read it, you'll see I pull no punches with any dogma and it's packed with terrific, practical advice. I'm looking forward to giving the same, here. I wish more boating professionals and in particular, manufacturers, would participate in public blogs and forums such as this. There is really only so much expertise recreational boaters have in technical subjects and I feel I can help.
Thanks for pointing me to the note you've got on commercialism - I fully agree with it. If I've got a brief article I've written on my blog someone asks about here, I'll copy and paste it but there's a number of articles I've written that are simply too large, have videos and pictures, etc. and not appropriate here. It's only natural for me to refer to various references and I have several times, today, here. If I've published a significant article that's not appropriate here that someone specifically asks for, I'll mention it but that's a rarity - I reference whatever I'm answering in chat, blog, etc. and the most interesting materials generally come from manufacturers. I guess we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. I'm looking forward to being a great part of sailnet and enjoying the people I'm meeting.
I'm happy to learn the ins and outs of etiquette here and am not proud, so please let me know if I've inadvertently stepped on anyone's toes. Thanks!