Looks good . How old is she? Time in a super dry desert climate like La Paz
takes nothing out of the life of a steel
boat. It can be like suspended animation. Get her well epoxied, inside and out, while to you are still in a desert climate.
wire doesn't deteriorate much unless it is moving. One trip from France
to La Paz
, then sitting on the hard
for years, wont end the life expectancy of rigging
as if she were sailing all that time.
What's all this concern about letting a marina, or insurance
company dictate that you should go to sea in something weaker, flimsier, and less safe than a steel boat. The idea is to go to sea, not to live under the dictates of a marina operator ,or a corporate bureaucrat.
Stay out of marinas
, and avoid getting stuck in one . As Slocum said "Harbours rot men
I'd check to see how well that skeg is attached to the hull
. Skeg failures are all too common on high aspect skegs like that one. One very popular designer
said he designs his skegs to fall off if they hit anything. I recently replaced an incredibly flimsey skeg on a very polular French design.It was simply welded to 10 gauge bottom plating, with minimal reinforcing.
Don' t spend a lot on major changes until you have lived with what's there for a while . Priorities shift a lot in the first year or two.
With enough epoxy
on clean steel , the maintenance
on my 26 year old 31 ft steel sloop
is an hour or two a year, less that a well worked fibreglass boat .Welded down deck hardware
, nor works loose.
Make sure there is enough paint
on the inside, That is where people tend to skimp.
The boat looks tough, simple and functional; very practical.
You can test the hull
thickness with a sledge hammer and a centre punch. Just give her e few good whacks in the lower, inaccessible parts
of the hull and keel
, from the outside. If it doesn't dent ,there is plenty of metal there.
I haven't been too impressed with a Dutch surveyor
in Vancouver who claims to be a steel boat expert.