My surveyor was great. He did a few quick tests and looked at a few things to get an idea if a full survey of the engine was needed. Sure, he said it would STILL be a good idea to have one done, but from what he saw, he felt the engine was in as good a shape as the rest of the boat. Good thing too, we had doubled our budget to get a trawler over an express cruiser (read: Sea Ray) and were really trying to watch our money. We had not yet learned how to change our lifestyle to accommodate our new passion.