There are a few caveats that I would keep in mind when looking at a custom steel
* To check for interior
rust it must be possible to look along all the joins where stringers, frames and bulkheads are welded to the hull plating. If there is foamed in insulation
and/or non removable joinery then this has to be factored into the buying
decision in a major way.
* Steel boats rust. This can be mitigated by providing proper drainage (no pooling water) and a good interior paint
job, but you (if you buy a steel boat) will still need to spend your time checking for and "fixing" rust.
* Steel boats are sometimes finished to a very tight budget
. This means that important items like the engine
system and their installation
may not get the loving attention they deserve. The same can apply to winches, masts, sails
, interior fitout etc.
* Surveyors in general see a large number of plastic power boats. Finding a surveyor
with good experience with steel boats is essential. If you can find a cruiser who has owned, or better still built, a steel boat and get their opinion before purchase
you could save a whole lot of grief and an expensive survey