Buying a Steel Houseboat - Inner Hull Repairs and Painting
by Jim Coulter
(Bowling Green, KY)
A Sumerset Houseboat - steel hull repairs and painting?
I'm interested in buying a steel houseboat, and curious on inner hull repairs, and painting the interior rusted surfaces?
Looking to buy a 1976, 14x56, steel hull Sumerset houseboat which was replated in 2005. The house boat has been used very little in past two years, and will need minor repair work and painting which I will be doing.
I plan on hauling the boat out and having the hull sanded and using coal tar epoxy. The question is, IF the inner hull has rust, what kind of monster job would this be to clean and paint? What would the best paint for the job?
Thanks for any help, newbie Jim. Reply - Answer
Well Jim, welcome to the houseboat forums, and congratulations on your decision to buy a houseboat.
Before I get into the best way to look after the interior inner rust surfaces, I want to discuss a few details before buying an older steel hulled boat.
* You want to be sure to have a marine surveyor done, by a qualified surveyor, beforehand.
* You want to verify that the marina you're going to, will accept a steel hulled houseboat?
* Look into getting houseboat insurance policy for a steel boat before buying one.
* Unfortunately, you maybe the last owner, and therefore be stuck with disposal costs.
* The majority of rust issues on houseboats happen from the inside, going outwards.
* If you have the time, energy, money, and skills, it
may be a worthwhile opportunity.
Now don't get me wrong, I am not advocating not to buy an older steel hulled houseboat, but I think it's my obligation to let potential buyers know what is involved. Especially considering the abundance of fiberglass and aluminum houseboats available on the used market.
If you're interested in reading more about steel houseboats, here are some reader articles:Older houseboats with steel hulls, repair and replacement costsNewbie houseboat warning - Money Saving Tips on Buying House Boats
Now back to what is the best method for restoring, repairing or painting the interior.
* The repair repainting area has to clean and dry before attempting any work.
* Use a stiff brush to remove rust, or sandblast the area to clean and prepare.
* You will be applying a base primer, than either a 1 or 2 part topcoat epoxy.
* I don't have any recommendations for the best paints, but others will comment soon.
* To get a better understanding on steel hull primers and paints
, here is a link to help.
I am sure that some of our steel houseboater readers will be glad to help you with tips and suggestions on how they look after their boat hulls? Lastly
, hopefully some of our readers will share and post comments about their steel hull houseboat painting experiences. Feel free to use the "Click here to post comments." link found near the bottom of this page.
Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats
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