Iím still a little shocked Iím doing this however I have started considering steel
hulls for my next sailboat. Not to get off into the weeds but some that I have looked at online meet my criteria moving forward regarding draft
, schooner rigged, and size conducive to day sail charters. Only last night did I start doing my research
. There's a common opinion online of "if you see rust in the bilge
anywhere"......run Forrest run! (Being down here in Bama I couldn't resist that!)
I have a copy of a survey
from eight months ago. The thickness gauges came back as what seems to be an acceptable 3.3 mm. I confirmed the instrument used is the type that does not include paint
thickness in itís readings.
I have researched the builder
. T.D. Vinette Co in Escanaba MI, who built her in 1973. They are still in business and appear to have an excellent reputation. I also know they used Cor-Ten steel
and coal-tar epoxied the hole before painting.
This is a direct quote from the surveyor
: "There is some minor corrosion
in the bilge
in the main cabin
. The YT thickness meter did not show any appreciable loss of thickness in this spot. This will be addressed by the owner by scraping and the application of a rust-inhibiting compound".
If I managed to do so properly there should be a picture attached of that particular area. My BS meter makes me wonder if it's so easy to correct then why has the owner not done this already? But for now letís assume the only area like this is referred to in the survey
and shown here. I understand that it is quite possible some areas were harder to gain access to and therefore may not have even been evaluated, but if this is the extent of the issues should I really walk away from this vessel? Surely it can be cleaned properly, covered with anti-corrosive, primed and painted correct?
I just want some advice
from some of you folks as to whether I'm right or not, or if as I read multiple times last night.... rust in the bilge means run!
When I get home tonight I suspect I can find some older postings in this forum and I will take a look, but welcome any comments and opinions you have.