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Definitely specialist survey material. You are asking some right questions, but not what I would consider the most important ones:
What kind of sailing do you intend on doing?
How competent a sailor are you personally? Do you have competent crew? How many? A schooner can be a difficult vessel to manage, particularly with a gaff-rigged sailplan.
Does "very traditional" mean manila cordage, gaff-rigged, bronze sheaves, Spanish windlass, etc.? Does "very traditional" mean a tiny engine, one battery, oil lamps? Very traditional to me is a red flag, because while I admire it, I admire it from afar. I want light, strong, modern materials and devices, because I can't pay eight guys two dollars a day to run my boat.
Schooners are downwind machines. They point worse than ketches, and can, if not tacked in an orderly fashion, miss stays. On the other hand, on a reach they are generally very impressive, but again, "traditional rigging" is complex and usually heavier than current equipment.
If you decide to proceed, you want someone who knows how to evaluate all the "trad" bits, plus what I presume is the cold-moulded fibreglass exterior, plus evaluate the state of the wooden frames, stringers, boards, etc.
Not my first choice, but then steel is not the first choice of others, either. If Don Street of Iolaire fame is reachable by e-mail (I don't know if he's still at sea...he must be past 80...), he might be a help.