I found 42 steel boat in good shape(claim) fro $39,000. It is hard to find steel boat on east coast for small price( less that 50,000). There are few of them in junk yard, but I have no idea of how to weld. Maybe is time to learn?
I hear you have to watch out for used steel boats, I don't know much about them personally. I have a friend at my marina who says he would not buy a used steel boat, I guess they can have issues with the steel or something.
Are you getting a survey?