Shnoogans - ( Rick ),
Caveat emptor ! You must be a very trusting guy and have been blessed never to have been burnt. Opinions are like noses; we all have one, so here's mine.
Never, never, never, ever even think about buying a boat without seeing her, and unless it's a $50 'handyman special', get your own survey
done by a qualified marine
engineer/surveyor. Don't even consider accepting a survey
commissioned by the seller. Ask around and find a really good, well respected buyer's surveyor
. He will save you more money
and grief than you will ever know.
I am an absolute whore when it comes to boats, and I have a feeling that I'm not alone. Just a stroll down the dock
and I can fall in love at least 6 times. So if you share any of these traits, do yourself a HUGE favor and find a good surveyor
to help introduce some reality into your dream.
I truly hope my thots are of a small help. I don't mean to pontificate, I just hope to see you out cruising one day and not still working on your boat in 2020.
All the best to you. Fair winds, a following sea, and a green flash in your sunset.