Ok if you are just going to do a quick walk thru before commuting to a survey these are the things i would look for.
Any signs of sagging around the keel
dimples or depressions around the pads for the stands.
Sight the hull for fairness.
look for rust or cracking around the keel
Walk the deck
, does it feel stiff under foot?
Is there plant debris on the deck
or in scuppers or around hatches
Are there trees nearby (within 100 feet)
Is there mold
open all compartments is there mold
, are things rusty, do the hoses look dry rotted or show signs of cracking
Are there batteries in the boat? ( tell the seller you want systems to be alble to be powered up before you get there)
turn EVERYTHING on
The boat is on the hill but ask the seller if you can run the engine with a hose, if he says no ask why not?
Get a list of items not on the boat that will come with the boat.
look for leaks
around window hatches and chain plates
Use your nose, does it smell musty or moldy, that could be rot.
Bring a flashlight and look in EVERY hole and compartment
Bring a digital camera
and take pictures on EVERYTHING you will be glad you did when you get home
Take notes write down every little thing that does not look right or is wrong
How will you get the boat to the water? how much will it cost
how is the mast
stored if it has one? it is straight and in good condition?
Are all the rigging parts
? if so what condition?
When you get home get online and look at other boats in this class and what there are asking subtract 20% this is close to maybe what the boat is worth in sailing condition, Can you get it at a low enough price
that you can finish to that level and be around that price not counting your labor?
I could go on but then i would have to start billing you lol
If nothing jumps out at you as being bad hire a surveyor
If you have not done this type of project before hire a project manager (this almost nobody does but will save you lots of money
and wasted time, my guess is you will think back on this and wish you had
Wayne Canning. AMS