advice re buying
measure the thickness of the hull
everywhere with an electronic gauge.
look inside the anchor locker
look in the bilge for rust.
look at any integral steel tanks
look in the engine
room for rust.
be suspicious of fresh paint
on the inside of the boat. get an angle grinder and grind off the paint
back to bare metal. if you see any brown puffs then the owner has simply painted over the rust.
if you buy an older steel boat that is rusting on the inside then it is only a matter of time before you have to fix the problem yourself or write it off.
fixing it is a big job because you have to strip out the entire interior
, sandblast it, and then epoxy
, and then re-build.
i have done this to my boat. i have pictures to prove every step of the way. if someone claims to have done it, but has no pictures as proof, then i would not believe him.
steel is a great material for a boat. it is easy and cheap
to fix. painted the right way it will last forever. it is very strong. and you can make changes with an angle grinder and a welder.
if you can find an older steel boat that has been in fresh water rather than salt
, then it is likely to be in better shape and worth serious consideration.
do not be fooled by a good paint job on the outside of a steel hull
. i saw a beautiful (and expensive) steel sailboat...and the surveyor
measured the thickness,,,it was paper...and was condemned and sold for scrap.
steel it great, but you must be careful what you buy...