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Hej,
I have been looking around for used sailing boats of steel for long distance cruising for more and a year now.
I recently found an interesting motorsailer, a "35' Jongert Zwalker III".
I would be grateful for some information, good or bad on this type of boat.

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Well, Jongert is a very respected Dutch firm, well known in the luxury yachting world. Same for Devries Lentsch as designer. The boat will be extraordinarily well built. It is also old, heavy, and a motorsailer, by definition not a great sailing boat.
the pictures show it to have been well maintained, at least to the point when they were taken, but it would be interesting to see a what a proper survey would turn up. Is the steel deck plate corroding under the teak? What is the state of the mechanicals.(Notice there are no engine pictures)
Don't get too excited about the 9knots max speed listed. That won't happen anytime soon, unless they mean SOG
Having said that I love steel boats and this one looks particularly nicely put together and outfitted. If it has had a recent refit it may ba a great deal.
If you haven't already you may want to post the same question at Welcome to the Metal Boat Society
If you love steel boats they are a great resource specific to them. Of couse they are no substitute for Sailnet, and especially Giulietta when it comes to general sailing topics!
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Rust never sleeps. Tankers have a life expectancy of about 25 years because the plating rusts through and/or weakens from constant cycles of bending in waves. Each boat is different, of course. This one may have lovely epoxy coatings both inside and out. Chafe or scratch one hole anywhere in the coating, however, and you're back to the beginning of this post.
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You will also want to get a very complete survey by a surveyor familiar with steel boats and the problems specific to them. Corrosion is the real killer on them.
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Hej folks,

It looks like you all know some about this paticular one.
Thank you all for good information, and I think I have to revise my expectations a bit.
My price range probobly have to go up and a motorsailer is not really what I been looking for anyway.

Giulietta, it has nothing to do with your interesting input.

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I Would also love a Jongert, but the Zwalker is too small for an ocean passage in my view?
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