Originally Posted by Sailor_Hutch
ship2210: You are looking for a 44' liveaboard. I see a 44' Barens Seatrader on cruiser.co.za.
Since you've some familiarity with that part of the world, could you tell me what you think of the E.S. Barens boat?
That particular one is on the hard
, I think.
Oops - now I see that it's sold! Anyway, I still have the question. What's your opinion?
I don't think I am the right person to ask. There are many on this forum who are more knowledgeable, experienced and capable of giving you a more reliable opinion. For what its worth I can tell you that a steel hull
is robust but there is a big caution ... they require a lot of maintenance
and are probably way more expensive to attend to when problems arise with the hull
. A new(ish) steel hull
would be great and steel
will take a pounding way more than fibreglass ever will but without proper maintenance
(which is expensive anyway), you will be buying
a huge bottomless pit of money
For me, I would never consider a steel hull
because it is way out of my financial league. If you can afford the repairs
, maintenance and refurbishment costs it probably is a good option, otherwise, stick to fibreglass, its way cheaper and quicker to repair.
I am also more inclined to go for more modern designs (and some would smack me for saying that), so its a case of horses for courses and all dependent on budget
and inter alia, the reason/purpose/usage for which you want a boat. There are so many considerations I would suggest "trawling" through CF older posts and you are definitely likely to get great info.