My hunch is it's best to have the work done in Boston so you are more actively involved in it... even routine maintenance
.. like the bottom. You DO want to see your bottom your prop and so forth and take very extensive photos before and after of everything and anything is worked on. With the digital cameras and smart phones this is so easy.
Once you're living aboard
the photos are not as important because you are there. But they are useful when communicating with vendors, mechanics and so forth... You can send a pic of a part or show a mechanic
where some issue is that needs attention. And these become a visual maintenance
If you are planning to move the family
aboard as soon as she is docked in Boston I'd not do the bottom work until the Spring. When the boat's surveyed prior to sale
... it may be hauled and can be power washed and likely not need painting... Plus a fastling passage
it won't be fouled or slowed much as a sailboat might. Why sit in over the winter and let a new bottom get fouled? Advice... paint
if you have to, in the Spring.
should give you a good idea of the condition of the boat's systems and might have recommendations for repairs
etc. Surveys often pay for themselves and get the asking price
knocked down or the seller does the repairs
. You'd be amazed at what surveyors find. Survey
a must. Look around for surveyors who have a good reputation with the type of boat you are buying
. Due diligence is required.
If you come through LIS give me a shout if you are stopping there on the way north.