We just went through the process of buying a steel boat.
1993 West Coast Marine, South Africa Steel Hull Cutter Sail Boat For
I looked at this boat, twice. I thought she was pretty nice and of decent design but..........she is closed up and sweating like a pig. The broker says she has "mildew." Well yeah. She is a rain forest inside.
There is some reconstruction work to do on the chain locker area where she has rusted out. I didn't look further than that.
1990 Brewer Murray Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
1984 Murray Custom Built Steel Cutter Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
1983 Murray Sloop Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
I don't know these particular boats but I have a sister ship to them. They were built as bare hulls buy some farmer up in Canada
. The guy has an EXCELLENT touch with a welder. The steel workmanship is, in my opinion, first quality. Not the fastest sailers but rugged and dependable. I sail most single
handed in Newfoundland
. I find her to be very, very dry. I almost never get wet from spray. I've been out is 12' following seas and felt comfortable (as possible) in her. The long fin keel
allows her to turn in nearly her own length so she is handy in a marina. I have a little 13hp Volvo
which is kinda small. Brewer recommends the bow sprit if you have any intentions to off shore work.
The interiors are owner completed so fit and finish may vary. Displacement
is closer to 16,000 to 18,000 lbs. If you are doing any off shore work you want the bow sprit. One Love was sold about 8 years ago but new to the market now. Trude is new to the market. The Wisconsin boat has been on the market for a good long time and she is a fresh water
boat. I would look seriously at that one.
1982 Ganley Snowbird Junk Rig Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
I looked at this boat last summer. She is a real pretty little boat. Too small for the wife and I but for a single
person!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The junk rig
is real easy to handle. And she is dirt cheap
. I have a bunch of pics of this boat if you are interested.
As to aluminum that is what my wife really, really, really wanted. We even went to closing on an aluminum boat but pulled out after looking more closely at the welds. What we saw with aluminum was that if we could afford it we didn't want it. I think, for a good aluminum boat, you are looking at over $200k.
We found one boat with great design but lousy welds - mentioned above
Another boat was another wonderful design, but it was a wreck inside and had corrosion
issues. There were other problems to boot.
The third boat was beautiful construction, almost new, perfect welds. The designer
must have been on acid.
In the end we bought a 44' custom Alan Pape design sold by Rogue Wave
. Her fundamentals are of first quality but she has her issues.
I'll offer a new definition of a BLUE WATER
BOAT. One you don't dare bring into a marina for fear of damaging everything else in there.
Despite spending a couple of hours in her bilges myself, two surveys, and one ultrasound I found a rust spot that had to be cut out and replaced. I'm now, slowly, removing floors to expose areas that have not been exposed previously. I occasional find some more rust than I like but nothing disastrous, yet. I'm pretty near there.
Fortunately my wife's standards are below my bargain basement quality so she always argues to leave things open and exposed. No fancy girly stuff there. Her ideal is a bare hull, bean bag chair, and cooler. You gotta love that, in a steel boat, and a wife.