Don't know where you are located but if location works I would recommend a different boat I saw last summer. I (insanely) have two steel boats and I love them. You do need to be very careful when buying
a steel boat because the rust can be insidious. If $4,500 is very dear to you I would spend a lot of time in the bilges, in the really hard and uncomfortable spots to look for interior
rust. It may have been painted over and look fine but when you start poking around very carefully you find all kinds of issues. Sometimes you can have some surface rust that has run through the steel and weakened seriously. I have seen this. It must have a name but I don't know what it is.
Look at the stringers, they should have weep holes so that they do not collect water
. Look at the ribs and floors, they too should have weep holes. If not you may well have serious rust issues.
I saw a Topper Hermanson in Florida
this spring. 25 years old. The rudder
had a 3 inch high pile of rust on the ground under it and there where holes big enough for your hat in the keel
. Very pretty lines but she was completely rusted out from the inside out. Yet someone bought her. God knows why.
If the boat has been sitting for some time that is generally not good. They don't get looked at and water
accumulates and then you can have a problem.
I had a rust hole through my transom right next to the SS fitting for my wind vane
. Must have been dissimilar metal corrosion
. Easy enough to fix once I found it but it was nearly invisible. In our "new" boat I found some bad corrosion
near the galley thru hull
. I had to have a section cut out and a new piece put in. The previous owner had the same problem in the same place and had also repaired it but for some reason his repair rotted out in short order. Perhaps it was not done right the first time?