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how bad is hull rust pitting

WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF LOOKING AT SECOND HAND NARROW BOATS,OF ABOUT TWENTY YEARS AND HULL PITTING OF JUST UNDER 2MM KEEPS CROPPING UP.
ARE THE BOATS WE ARE LOOKING AT PAST THEIR SELL BY DATE,BADLY LOOKED AFTER OR IS THIS OK? IT SEEMS A HULL WITH LESS THAN 4MM LEFT COULD BE UNINSURABLE! CAN U HELP?

Asked by: robert jullien  | 6.58pm, Thursday 17 September


WW says:

As Tony alludes, any secondhand boat where the hull thickness is down to 3mm in places is one where you'll need to consider a replate. This can cost some £7,000 so is best avoided if at all possible.
A 20-year old boat is not a particularly old one, so you should be able to get a reasonable quality hull of that age. There's no need to settle for a badly pitted one.

Richard Fairhurst  | 12.34PM, Wednesday 21 October


Readers say:

Talk to Phil Jones, use him as a surveyor if distance is OK, he is based in Midlands. He will give you an honest answer, mention my name if you like. Phil's mob is 07831 153028. I personally would not go below 2mm but a replate is OK if price is right.

Tony Bakinowski  | 8.09PM, Sunday 11 October

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