Howdy and Welcome Aboard CF Nightdog!
You asked about the surveyor. Conventional wisdom here says that having a rigger go up the mast
and inspect the rigging
is a relatively low cost expense prior to buying
and is likely less expensive than any damage you might incur from unseen (from the deck) faults in the rig.
Many folks also advise having the engine oil
Good luck with your new sailing adventure! I lived in SF for many years and thoroughly enjoyed sailing on the Bay and off the coast too. Have fun!
Here are some past threads discussing rigging surveys:
Here's my favorite tip for newcomers to this forum:
There is a vast amount of information here and many helpful members who have extensive experience.
My Favorite CF Forum Tip: Use the Google Custom Search Function
I know that most people who are new to this forum might try the ordinary search function of the forum when they have a question in mind. Unfortunately that always yielded few results for me when I tried that when I first joined this forum. In contrast, a standard Google
search outside of the forum can produce a bewildering list of links too. It was only later that I learned to quickly and easily find great links to archived or previous threads on a topic.
I only use the Google Custom Search field on this forum when searching this forum, and I find all the answers I need here too using that.
I find it superior to an ordinary search using the standard "search" field and usually get the answers I want very quickly. So, it is my "number one tip" to newer forum members.
Note! The Google Custom Search field is found under the "Search" menu seen at the top of your browser window when you are in the CF forum on any page. However, it is NOT shown as an option if you are viewing the Forum site using the CF Mobile app. Use a browser like Safari instead.