Mustin's part-by-part look at hull, deck, rig, and machinery is both a minicourse for transforming used-boat shopping from a game of craps to a science, and the first step in a holistic boat maintenance program. His discussion of the significance of cracks found in aging hulls and decks is the most thorough in print. He is t shy in assessing the lack of regulation of professional surveyors, r does he shrink from pointing a finger at shoddy building practices. Having a used boat surveyed is a critical prelude to buying it. Yet a professional survey is expensive--several hundred dollars. Surveying Fiberglass Sailboats will enable you to conduct your own surveys while narrowing the field, then monitor a professional surveyor's performance when selecting your target boat.
Henry C. Mustin, proprietor of H. C. Mustin Co., Yacht & Ship Surveyors, based in Marblehead, Massachusetts, has 20 years in the boat business, 14 of them as a surveyor. He is certified by the National Association of Marine Surveyors in the U.S. and is the only U.S. member of the Yacht Designers & Surveyors Association Ltd. of England.