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    I am a newbie looking at purchasing our first houseboat. We have our eyes on a 1995 52 foot Skipperliner which is constructed with a steel monohull. It appears to be in very good condition, however with the cautions against purchasing a steel hulled houseboat I am now thinking twice about it. Given that the boat is 20 years old does anyone have any thoughts or any experience with this type of boat?

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    Skipperliners are beautiful boats. Earilier vintages have had rust issues in several areas. As well as the hull it self, check roof for soft spots, ceiling area and around windows for past water intrusion. Also check all deck joints. bottom of doors and hatch areas. Ladder areas going up to the sundeck. Steel boats are suspect even when sound.

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    If you do go for it: GET AN OUTSTANDING SURVEY - Assume you will be the last owner and have to dispose of it at the end of your ownership - Get a heck of a deal on it.

    I have owned 3 steel RiverQueens. I can state that when I sold every one there was not a spot of rust anywhere. Most owners would NOT spend the hours to maintain them to the level that I did.

    My last 4 houseboats were aluminum. I would never go back.
    Last edited by OLD HOUSEBOATER; 02-20-2015 at 03:50 PM.
    The fries are cold so we gave you extra.

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    Hi OLD HOUSEBOATER, you have done really a great job. Your post is very informative. I am interested to buy a Houseboat but I have a problem, that I have no Insurance Source. What can I do? Have any other way to buy?
    Thanks for the informative post.

    jonekupar

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    This is a BIG problem. After 10 years old, insurance people start to get picky. Insurance for steel boats is almost non existant. Home builts are also tough to insure. Amelia got insurance for their homebuilt. You might give her a PM.
    Last edited by OLD HOUSEBOATER; 03-08-2015 at 07:39 PM.
    The fries are cold so we gave you extra.

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    Try:

    Lynn Stem
    Kaigler & Company
    7028 Church Street East, Suite 200
    Brentwood, TN 37027

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    Thanks Tom

    Anybody else have any possible contacts?
    The fries are cold so we gave you extra.

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    Hi Old Houseboater this thread is full of info thanks for that. We have been looking for a aluminum hull houseboat that was with in our budget. We have found this one http://lexington.craigslist.org/bod/5199073008.html.. Any thoughts or things that i should look for that would rule it out before I spend the money on a survey.

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    This is a link to another forum I participate in. The guy has a pretty good list. Good Luck

    http://www.boatered.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=150917

    OHB
    The fries are cold so we gave you extra.

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    Very helpful information. We're newbies and have been looking at aluminum hull boats for a few weekends. I've got some questions for you and anyone who would like to chime in. A couple of the boats that we like have extremely low hours on them. One of them is 8 years old and hasn't been out of the slip since delivery! They start easy and seem to run fine. What special things should we watch for on boats that have been sitting so much of their lives? I'm guessing impellers could be a problem. Also, would a marine surveyor check out the mechanics enough to spot a problem with a "floater" boat? Would they come along on a test drive?

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    I recommend two things. Out of water survey, and a mechanical check. Yes the mechanic comes along for a sea trial and checks all mechanics of the vessel while in operation.

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