A few more comments:
Captsam's boat looks fabulous, and there is no opposition to fiberglass
. The bulb fin and vestigial-skeg rudder
do give us pause though. As far as "why steel
," the real question is "why not this boat?" I hadn't really considered steel before because everything else in steel we'd seen in a size we're comfortable with looked like someone had stuck a prop on the back of an armored car. This thing looks and feels like a boat. At the very least, I've expanded my ideas of what could work for us.
She may not be roomy by modern standards, but the interior
size/layout is about what we're looking for.
I was fully expecting to find a nightmare inside based on the cockpit
wood. I was surprised enough to not yet walk away. I think the owner just gave up on boat - she seems to have been well-maintained up until fairly recently.
There is no deformity on the deck
ply where it overlaps the steel.
I tapped a fair bit with the screwdriver handle, and she all sounds the same to me, even the strange bubbly spots on the hull
. (And I couldn't find those from the inside, whatever that's worth.) I wasn't brave enough to poke.
access, as noted, is excellent. What few panels
there are come off with a screw or two. Had that been different, we'd already be gone. I'm not sure what the lack of insulation
means for us, but it's apparently not caused any unresolvable problems in the last 45 years.
I've spent the last few years putzing around Alaska
in a 65 year old airplane and sharing lots of long winter nights with a wood stove in a 6x8 wall tent. Confined spaces, even when combined with old machinery, aren't scary.
If you think the engine
is cool, wail until you see the mess in the quarterberth! My first thought was "if you have a bad dream in there, it's likely to get MUCH worse before it gets better!" The good news is, there's hardly any wiring
in the boat. Starting over would be a pretty simple operation.
We won't go to 50. We looked at a Pearson
390 and quickly dismissed it as way too much boat.
Thanks again for all the comments - they're unimaginably helpful.