I understand your concern about the cost of a surveyor
. Something that can help is to have a friendly chat with the yard staff. They'll almost always know the difference between the quality and crap, owner history
, use of contractors etc in their yard, and they are unlikely to care who owns the boat. Yes it's called gossip. Chat too to other people working on their boats.[/QUOTE]
The days of yards saying anything about someone's boat are long gone. The liability issue has stopped that; and folks do sue mightily when someone in a professional position bad mouths their boat. They can talk about the make of boat and the manufacturer, but that is about all. Most of that you can get on line like David Pascoe's boat review site.
BTW someone mentioned moisture meters. Not worth the effort. We bored into the topside of a fiberglass Grand Banks
because the moisture meters all said tons of water
. Well there was none. Dry and the ply core
was good as new. Those meters are affected by ambient humidity, surface absorption of moisture(think morning dew), and the great unknowns.