We are upgrading from a cabin cruiser to a Gibson sport series. The marine survey is scheduled for Friday, but we are only doing an in water survey at this time. We already know the bottom paint needs to be done and the expense and scheduling nightmare of pulling it out of the water twice (once now and once to do the bottom) is more than we wish to pursue at this point. Our plan is to wait until fall and pull it out to do the bottom paint and get a marine survey out of the water at that point before launching her again.

I have a few questions. Given that we won't have the out of water survey until Fall, is there anything we should look for in particular while in and around the boat including in the water swimming alongside it?

I have located a transport company to pull it out of the water, but I need to have it chalked to complete the bottom paint. (Husband has painting experience and painted the bottom of our cabin cruiser last year.) I have a transient lot near the marina I can rent while the bottom paint is being done. Since I have no experience in this, who supplies the supports? If us, where the heck do we find such a thing?

Lastly, even though there is no evidence of boot leak, should we replace the boot while it is out of the water regardless?

Here is what we know about the boat. It is currently on it's 3rd owner. It has always been in a covered slip. It was moved one time from one lake to another. From appearances it is in excellent condition. We know the current owner and he is constantly washing, spraying, and otherwise obsessively taking care of the boat.