I would have been able to rule them out myself without advice. However, I am extremely glad I used HMS Surveys services for these viewings, for two reasons. 1. I learned so much about what to look for, and what I'm looking at, from Vladimir. I'm still no expert, but it definitely helped me on my long search for a good first boat - which I think I nailed, partly thanks to having a much better idea of what to look for, and what to ignore! 2. It's clear that Vladimir is very professional, and really knows his onions, as a quick bit of googling him will reveal, from his qualifications and awards, and a nice bloke as well - so a really useful contact to have for me as a boat owner, and to recommend to others. I contacted him to undertake a pre-purchase survey on my behalf, but we both had tricky diaries and could not find a date that worked for us, but I would not hesitate to use him.