Re: 6 Americans, 1 Brit vanish at sea
As per usual Brent tends to go overboard with his pro steel ranting. We sailed a VDS 34 steeler for some six years and loved that old girl. I'd sail her anywhere, I'm sure her abilities far outweigh mine. We actually bought her because we liked the VDS34 not because she was steel. That said when we went up in size we ended up with glass, I'd sail her anywhere as well and again I'm sure her abilities outweigh mine.
I do wonder though whether or not the modern practice of putting high tech rigs and sails onto old timber boats is maybe putting too much stress on the hull.
(apologies for repeating myself ... I think i mentioned all that on another thread quite recently)
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