hi guys, I am looking to purchase and this thread has been really helpful for me to assess, and not be too put off patches also in need ., of repair.  My main worry id how to assess the whole of the boat , top sides, decks, hull, transom, etc, inside and out to ensure  I get a complete picture of the task ahead.  is there a tried and tested method to identiy and locate the extent of “soft bits” ?  To get a “professional” assessment, ie a survey, are there any recommended local Atalanta experts around the Emsworth/Portsmouth area?

Many thanks for any advice or pointers to previous articles…

And good luck to you  Fraser with your “project”