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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
I'm with you on Van de Stadt. They did some very good looking and very good performing boats. Talk to Estar/Evans. He loves his boat. Don't be confused and think that all steel boats have to look like BS designs.
You are right. Few look as good as BS designs. Most have full length chines, visible when the boat is in the water, unlike BS designs. I see a lot of steel boats going to a lot of trouble and expense to eliminate ugly, visible chines ,but I see few adding full length chines to a round bilged boat to make it look better.
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"