You may not be able to find a steel
boat specialist in SA. I had difficulty finding a good surveyor in Sydney
Have you pre surveyed the boat? By this I mean gone through the boat with a fine tooth comb taking many photographs, checked out some of the posts on surveying in general and steel
boats in particular on this Forum, searched the internet
for checklists and asked knowledgeable friends (the ones without rose coloured glasses) for their opinion.
If you can find an experienced steel boat owner and get him/her to glance over the boat so much the better. There may be some steel boat builders in your area, or a firm that repairs
Try to get a list of what's included (an inventory...) in the sale
After doing this sit down in a quiet place, go through all your information, draw up a list of needed repairs
, modifications and upgrades and cost them out. Work out what the total cost of purchase
is and if you can afford it.
Getting separate survey of the rig, the engine
, the sails
and see if doing a sea trial is feasible.
And finally, having done all that, if you still want to buy the boat, get the best surveyor you can find and read their report very, very carefully.
Some intending buyers have discussed their plans in detail on this Forum. Only you know if this is right for you.
Do be prepared to walk away at any time, and don't worry about not getting your dream boat. Boats pop up all the time.