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post #14 of Old 03-23-2013
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Re: Steel boats - things to watch for?

3mm not unusual for top sides esp. on a smaller boat.

4 - 5 mm for hull as a minimum.

Steel boats die from the inside. Ignore the outside surface rust get inside with mirrors and good lights and a hammer. An ultrasound examination carried out by a surveyor used to working with steel boats would be a good investment if you have doubts.

I cruised an old steel boat for 7 years and had some patching done when problems appeared. Relatively cheap and I knew that repairs were as strong as the original.

That Tahitiana looks good if you can cope with a slow boat. Several have circumnavigated.
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