Firstly, as a first time poster, and long time reader, I would like to thank this forum for the knowledge that I gained. After reading the posts avidly, as they arrive, finding out about topics that I had never considered, I feel as though I have come to know the regular posters quite well. I have enjoyed the generosity of spirit and the camaraderie that flows through these writings.
I have been looking at a steel
yacht, 1990 vintage, wondering whether it represents a viable purchase
or a nightmare waiting to unfold. Professionally constructed, with robust scantlings: steel
5-6+mm thick, it appears well looked after. After reading Scott Fratchers book on metal boat maintenance
, it seems have some red flags
: age: 30yrs, and spray foam internally. Scott writes as if terminal deterioration of steel hulls is simply a matter of time.
I expect to do maintenance
, and steel hulls will require prompt attention to any appearance of rust. I would consider this acceptable. I would be keen to avoid inevitable general deterioration requiring regular major surgery, which inevitably becomes too great to justify.
I was keen to find out about the age related deterioration of paint
: whether the quiet generalised oxidisation of the hull
would be occurring underneath apparently normal looking paint
, hidden by internal furnishings?
Does normal looking paint, without rust streaks or bubbling, indicate reasonable certainty of normal steel underneath?
Would I have to strip off the internal foam layer to get a true picture of the state of the paint/internal hull
? All, or how much?
I would be carefully examining the hull/deck in the chain locker area, under any through hull/deck fittings, in the bilges, around hatches/portholes.
I would be keen to know whether the epoxy
paints and undercoats of the 1990 era would have given the hull greater longevity than previously possible? And if so, how much?
I know that many experienced members on the forum are very dubious about steel hulls, some apparently without having ever owned a steel yacht. Fair enough, I have felt the same, however this yacht interests me. I would be most interested in comment from experienced steel yacht owners or craftsmen who work
on these yachts.