Previous damage on the hull and serious motor issues; both should be covered by the survey. Coring on decks, stringers and anything else wood. You should plan to review wiring as you plan, hoses, pumps and steering.
Thanks all, had the survey done and feel it was worth every penny because it helped me convince my wife that it’s a good boat! Will post some updates when I get it home in my shop. I grew up on Grady’s so I’m thrilled to get back in one soon... it’s been too long. Our first one was a 1983 204C, then a 240 and finally a Sailfish. All fantastic rough water fish raisers from Florida to Cape Hatteras. This forum is full of so much great info and I’m so happy to be a part of it. Does anyone know if there’s a Grady club in North Florida?
I'll definitely post pics once I get it home. For anyone interested in a great Surveyor, I highly recommend Steve Smith with Pilothouse Marine Services: https://www.pilothousemarineservices.com/
He rearranged his schedule to fit me in quickly and provided a very thorough survey report. He may cost a little more but he is well worth every penny.
I have 1989 24 offshore I totally restored. Plan on all electronics, wiring and fuse panel, fuel tank, fuel lines and steering. I also added bigger trim tabs. I put a single yamaha 250 four stroke on her and she performs pretty good. I have 100 gal tank and usually run 100 miles round trip, when I run I burn anywhere from 45-50 gal of fuel. WOT is 30 mph she likes to cruise at 4000 17-22 knotts depends on the sea. At fishing weight loaded with fuel, Ice,four people and gear im at 4200 cruise 17-22 knots.
I have to admit getting the tank out is not that big of a deal probably take ya about 45 min to an hr. I would pull it and inspect. I had a buddy pressure test and it was fine. Then after a couple trips off shore it cracked and i had fuel in the bilge. i would definitely visually inspect.