Greetings S/V Steelin Time,
great job on the boat, I acquired mine, also a steel
boat, in much the same fashion, tho for slightly more money
as the plating repairs
had already been made by 3 sets of previous owners, who'd all gotten divorced in the process
sigh. "The Pearl" was looking for a bachelor
LOL.. Also, I think you might be pleasantly surprised at the utility of a steel boat. Any port in the world will have steel available, and with your genset and welder, hard to imagine any repair you couldn't do. Contrast that with fibreglass or wood/epoxy...and the relative strengths of the materials, well...all are fine until you hit something, or something hits YOU...then steel..WINS.
In any event, I suspect you'll have little problem finding interested 'crew' with a boat like yours: a great look, good quality, plenty of room, strong as... well STEEL
AND..especially when you get the washer/drier in hehehe. Regarding that subject, a very useful item to have is one of the old clothes wringers that squeeze the water out of the wash. You can buy them from farm supply stores, or make your own now that you are a proficient welder. Mount it in the head
assuming you have an overhead hatch
and ladder coming down into it for shedding wet clothing
etc. It will cut your drying time down by a third.
and you're right, washing
is easy, its the drying at sea that is a problem. I'm installing the latest model Splendide from Italy
which is a 110 unit as they've upped the spin speed considerably, again cutting down on drying time and energy used. First Mates (potential 'Admirals'
LOVE those things so if nothing else consider the investment good 'bait'.
, but I'm also installing an 8k genset which is at present sitting in the cockpit
waiting for me to get back and weld in the mounts in the engine
If you havn't bought yours yet, I might be able to turn you onto a helluva deal if you're looking for 'new'. 3 phase 110/120. My previous boat was a center cockpit
which I think you will LOVE for warm climates, the new one is a PH flush deck
model for pure function. I put a hard dodger
on CC with soft enclosure with bug netting and isinglass (sp?) for the southern and northern climes respectively. When you don't need em, you don't need em, when you DO,,, well then SWEEET!!!! trust me on this one, 14 years up and down the pac northwest coast
One other thing, when you get ready to add items to the deck
, don't drill, weld. You can weld stainless acorn nuts flush (fill the threads with clay first) then bolt whatever you want right into the deck without opening up the opportunity for another leak.
Lastly, you've certainly thrown on some paint
. She has a wonderfully fair finish, I suspect you'll find the maintenance
much less than you anticipate given the quality of current
epoxies etc. Don't skimp on the zincs and make them weld on tabs..(stainless again) Steel lives or dies by the zincs.
One thing I am curious about is how the dutch insulated the steel hull
inside. I'm in the process of opening up the interior
of mine so I can thermo paint
, and then two part fire retardant foam over that. Fortunately my builder
(Kanter in Canada) left me the access to do so. A bit time consuming, but can't beat it in the long run. Exposed interior
Steel will drip like a faucet in the frigid north from condensation
Two more things then I'll quit
You can get something called "The Right Stuff" at auto parts
stores, i.e. rust converter. Handy to treat abraded areas until you can get around to refinish them. It's also really useful when you're dealing with rust in an area you can't quite get to any other way, the liquid will 'flow' into the area and stop the corrosion
. Even makes a decent primer once dry.
The other thing is "SNowbol" or equivalent, toilet cleaner containing around 14 to 20 percent hydrochoric acid. Don't go nuts with this stuff, but it is an amazing cleaner and if you need too, you can soak rusted fittings in it and it will take them down to bright metal. Keep some baking soda on hand for neutralizing when you're done. Costs about 1.00 or 1.50 at the Dollar type stores...get a bunch of it
and top coats like crazy (just rinse well) HOWEVER...don't let it run down un neutralized onto your bottom coats...
forewarned LOL. Arm & Hammer is your FRIEND
Now ANNE, as for the 'start small' philosophy..well, in my mind you have to determine first whether you're really going to like sailing or not. Best to do that on someone else's boats
Make some friends around the marinas- they're always looking to take someone out to show off, need some extra crew, or even just genuinely like you and enjoy your company
Get on a bunch of different types of boats and have some fun, see if you like it. If you do, go straight to the boat you want..life is too short at sixty-ish to be trading around in boats.
Originally Posted by jheldatksuedu
I tend to agree with the space issues addressed with Philip, my comment about start small has to be tempered with it coming from a solo sailer, mostly not needing to get away from somebody and needing space. I did spend three months with a gal on board when I brought my 30 ft boat from the great lakes
to Mobile by the river system. To my knowledge it was not a problem, but I'm sure it's different on a river with things to constantly watch than being on the open sea. I've moved up in size because I've decided I need more stuff to spend years on a boat, I wanted one to have a better chance to survive ocean crossings and to circumnavigate. The one I have now has been around once before, it knows the way and has proved it can handle it. I also have included room for a family of four or so that I've yet to find but plan on.
Basically the idea to start small is intended to let you find out who you are and what you need without breaking the bank.