Any body had any experience with dutch steel boats.There is what appears to be a very nice 1984 boat on holland yachting website.35 ft vejbuiter with diesel on shafts.Engine is bit weedy but that can soon be sorted.
Don't assume that rust won't be a problem : there are numerous Dutch motor boats sculling around with pristine topsides and bottoms but serious internal corrosion. Many builders gave little thought to avoiding rust traps above integral tank tops etc. and severe localised internal corrosion is common.
I know where there's a nice Van lent on the Thames sale due to berievement. Hull inspected and plates put in as required less than 2 years ago. Twin diesel about 40 foot long genny etc. and plenty of wood work. Send private E-Mail if interested.
1) steel boats rot from the inside out, not the outside in, so prepare yourself for some bilge crawling. That's the important part of the inspection (although you do, ultimately, need to see them out of the water).
2) many yards in the Netherlands produce few boats, so don't be surprised if you bump into names you (or others don't recognise).
3) standards vary quite widely on boats of that vintage. Some were quite deliberately fitted with marinised secondhand truck engines, with the full knowledge of their owners in the interests of economy; you'll also find that some have quite a low level of equipment - basic hob, no oven for example, minimalist bilge pumps on the basis that some Dutch yards consider their boats to be hermetically sealed and therefore incapable of sinking - and may be geared for two people as opposed to a family.
4) have fun looking...some v interesting boats out there. But take your winter long johns this time of year as there's nothing to stop the wind between the North Sea/Arctic* and your left/right* trouser leg and it's always predictably cold with some of the waterways typically iced over.
* delete according to west wind (v cold) or north wind (indescribably cold)