Now to begin lining up everyone needed to do the survey and sea trials
If near at hand I'd have looked in the Yellow pages, called a few, maybe talked to friends about who they'd use, and go with one. with the boat being so far away, I went to the above link, called four and talked, then just picked one.
We'll see if it works out. He sent me a survey agreement, I printed, signed. scanned, and e-mailed back a document that basically said the surveyor wouldn't be responsible for anything he missed, but that he wouldn't send me any report or talk to me until he got paid. $564 (plus $15 paypal fee, which was cheaper than a wire transfer)
The surveyor suggested a yard to haul the boat in, near to it's berth, so we google it, look at where it is in relation to the boat berth, and contact and make arrangements for hauling on Friday. Lift for a "few" hours and water blast bottom - $400 I estimated up front when negotiating a cost on the boat that the survey would cost about $1000, not a lot cheaper, and I'll bet there are hidden costs I haven't anticipated yet.
I decide to drive over, with a friend. My wife is mad because she has to work, I'm mad because all the hotels near the boat would be great to spend with my wife but I'm going to be travelling with my friend, a crabby old South Pacific sea captain who fortunately has lots of good stories, but whom I'm hoping won't make obscene noises in his sleep, since, to save money, I'm getting a motel room with two double beds.
Driving over and back estimated $150 in gas, $80 for the motel. Food - somehow I don't think my friend Miles is going to accept burgers.
As an aside, Miles is along to look at the boat because he is the most knowledgeable person I know about boats, and is going to help me bring her back. (this for relatively free)
Hopefully I haven't missed anything so far, if so I'll update before we leave on Thursday.
Thanks for any input you may have!