just another thought you may wish to consider...how bad is your existing boat? apart from the work needed, do you like it?
i have just stripped out my steelie too...at first i was really scared...rust here and there...and i was terrified to look in the bilge
. guess what, i did a little scraping and then sprayed phosphoric acid everywhere and then found out things weren't so bad. remember that rust is about 10 times as thick as the healthy steel it once was, so if you get rid of the rust you may be surprised at how much metal is still there. especially so if it is a good boat built a while ago. did it live in salt water
all its life? maybe it spent time in fresh water, and if so, corrosion
that looks bad might not be as severe as you'd think.
as for remedies, it is possible to buy a compressor
and a pot blaster for not a lot of money
, get some iron silicate and start blasting it yourself. close up the boat, get a good mask or respirator, and start. you may be surprised at what comes off, and you could be left with some nice fresh steel, with no rust. paint
it with some decent epoxy
and you could be good for another 30 years. maybe drill some limber holes so that water doesn't collect. after that it is a insulate and re-fit job which is not too huge an undertaking unless you are after a luxurious finish.
but before you do all this, get yourself an ultrasonic metal measurer. then map your hull and find out for sure what the thickness is over the entire hull. if you are reading less than 3mm then it may be a case to re-weld. if the hull is thin everywhere then get rid.
as for surveys...it all depends on the quality of the surveyor
...and there are some guys out there who talk a big story but in fact they know very little at all...i know of people who have bought steel boats after a supposedly good survey
and then discovered the boat was paper thin. a good surveyor
with tell you the truth about a boat.
sure there are some good people out there, but experience is teaching me that the best way forward is to take the trouble to learn about the stuff yourself. it will save you a lot of money
i would recommend "metal boat repair and maintenance - your ultimate do-it-yourself guide" by scott fracher and "steel away - a guidebook to the world of steel sailboats" by LeCain W. Smith and Sheila Moir if you want to understand how to fix your boat yourself so that you don't have to do it again in a few years.
if you like your boat and if there is plenty of steel left then you can blast the inside yourself and paint
it with epoxy
so that it will last another 30 years or more...then take your time to install your interior
as you like.
as for wiring
, i started to unravel the mess that various owners had installed over the years and then ended up ripping it all out. wiring
is not difficult. why pay $10k when with a little effort you can do it yourself, and you will know what's where and how it all works.