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Old 08-02-2018, 11:50   #31
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Re: Boat for big family (steel boat choice)


I will heed his advice and stay with our 44' Nauticat.

After a phone conversation with the boat salesman it became readily apparent that there was going to be very little price movement so what is the use in even talking about it anymore.

IF the price was dramatically reduced then maybe it is worth a look.

'one off' steel 35 year old vessels are a huge risk even at a low price.

The only pity is that old wonderful lady will just sit at the pier and rust.

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Old 08-02-2018, 13:01   #32
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Steady - The point of my post was to communicate that "steel boats rust from the inside out" is not necessarily true. Poor construction and particularly poor inside surface prep will guarantee interior rust, and you are absolutely right that this is a common problem. However, it is anything but an absolute truth. If the interior is prepped and painted right then interior corrosion is somewhere between a minor and a non-issue. A buyer of a used steel boat absolutely needs to understand the issue. The point is that there are some well built steel boats out there that are not rust buckets. A properly built steel hull is very low maintenance. Buyers need to judge a boat on its merits, with steel just like all the other materials.

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Old 08-02-2018, 13:20   #33
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The John Brown is a WWII Liberty Ship. Still afloat with riveted steel plates and maintained in part by old Merchant Seamen and students from when she was a High School. She gives cruises several time a year so she must be CG inspected. FYI
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Old 08-02-2018, 19:11   #34
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1st rule of yachting: When a collision is unavoidable, aim for something cheap.
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Old 09-02-2018, 00:53   #35
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Originally Posted by Tricolor View Post
As a marine engineer i can only say NEVER use a grinder with wire brush on a steel hull, the only way is sandblasting.
Tricolor, would you mind to explain why not to use a wirebrush ?

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Old 13-02-2018, 09:35   #36
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Re: Boat for big family (steel boat choice)

Thank you very for helpful and useful information!

We like the idea of buying steel boat but there are some pros and cons. Weve read some information about steel boats.
Many owners sell them in age of 30-35 for very reasonable price because of many problems that might be appear with the boat old. Even if the boat is in good condition at the moment it needs full painting (that cost around 20-30k) and good refit. And further I think it will be difficult to re-sell it will b big lost money. Speaking of engine for our research Daf engine has good reputation but its hard to find parts here in US. And one more con for us there are only two cabin which not enough for our family of 6 people. We need 3 cabin in boat this size.

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