"I wrote this thread for another forum, and decided that it probably fit best here, since it doesn’t really apply to any type of boat specifically and there’s no 'Buying a Boat' forum on this site. Some parts of this thread were contributed by Maine Sail, who many of you may know. Here it is—
After reading a bit about what people think is or isn't necessary when going to look at a boat... I decided to put together this thread."