So far, I have been very lucky with both brokers and surveyors.
Reading an ad on Yachtworld and then calling the broker can prove to be vastly different.
The ads are sometimes very vague and you might get the impression that the boat is 'OK". When you call the broker you will get as much detail as you ask for and then some. It has saved me many long distance trips and also the hiring of surveyors.
When I bought my current
sailboat, I lived in Rockport, Tx and the boat was in Tampa Bay, Fl. This is approx. 1200 miles away. The broker described every defect as best he could and when we got there, the boat was exactly like he described it. No better, no worse.
Though I have heard stories to the contrary by other people.