This is an excellent time to buy a boat in the U.S., especially for a European, since the U.S. dollar is very weak against most foreign currencies.
There are a number of skilled surveyors who will provide detailed written reports on any vessel you might consider buying
. Persons on this Board can recommend some good ones.
You might tell us what type of boat you're looking for and, generally, what your cruising plans might be. This information will help us to provide you with more specific information.