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Old 10-05-2008, 21:03   #16
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I bought a steel boat, and am very pleased with her. It is good you made the observations you did; indeed, when steel boats rust, it is usually from the inside-out. A particularly sleazy broker in Seattle was pushing me toward a boat a couple years ago that had been foamed to the bilge and had many inaccessible areas; I got far enough to have her surveyed and was advised to run, not walk, away.

But the one I did ultimately buy is dry as a bone, and is mostly very accessible (other than places beneath a very nice interior refit that would be a bit of a stretch!).

The best resource for advice and support specific to steel boats is the Metal Boat Society. Worth joining if you go that route, and the forums are freely accessible.

Cheers!
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Old 12-05-2008, 23:57   #17
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Aloha Donny,
Hope you can find your "dreamboat" It is really hard to advise folks on what to buy. Welcome aboard and good luck!.
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