Hello all,

I purchased an old houseboat from 1920 that needs some work. Is it a reasonable expectation that the steel hull will last for another lifetime if I continue to take it out of the water to paint and patch up the steel as needed every 3 years or so.

It's been in the shipyard for a year and they are moving frustratingly slowly. I'm not even sure they will be able to get the engine (old DAF 475 diesel engine from 1973) to run and it seems difficult to find people who know how to work with it in Belgium.

I think replacing the engine with an electric one is the way forward, since it's much cleaner and virtually maintenance-free, but that will be very costly (probably 50k+ euros, I was quoted 36500 for the batteries alone, whereas I paid 27500 for the boat). Ultimately I think that is what I should do whenever it comes time to replace the engine, but I want to be confident that the boat will last my lifetime (about 60 years left) before I make such a large investment that isn't really transferable to another boat.

I put some pictures of the boat in question on https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/C...a_(ship,_1920)