I would start with the very expensive, potential deal breaker items and work my way down.
1. Over all integrity of the hull/deck.
- hull/deck joint
- wet or soft decks
- bulkheads separated from hull
- evidence of water
in the boat: water
stained bulkheads, delaminated wood, serious corrosion
- serious blisters
- Correct most initial inspections won't allow starting but at least get a visual. Look for evidence of leaks
, major rust, look for discolored paint
as an indication of possible overheating
. Look at and smell the oil
fluid. Check for visible metal particles, burnt smell in transmission
fluid, discoloration, smell of diesel
in the oil
- Ask for any information on the engine: hours, problems, repairs
, etc. Of course take it with a grain of salt
- how old is the standing rigging
- Go over electrical
- Usually these are not major expenses but can add up, especially if you need a complete rewiring.