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Old 07-20-2013
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Joe:
Very funny.
46 years ago I read a study conducted by the US Navy on the durability of hul materials. It concluded that steel was the most durable, i.e. watertight integrity could be maintained while sufferring major damage. Aluminum was next but alu had the problrem of rating lowest when sustaining minor impact. So I have known that steel is the "tooughest" hull material for some time. But the weight of steel makes it a bit confining for my design ideas and I prfer not to be constrained bu a geometry technique whether it be coninal developoment or NS's method. I want total control over my hull shapes. I have designed two steel boats and they came out nicely but I would prefer to work in composite, alu or wood veneers/foam. It's just the way I like to do it. My own favorite material is aluminum.
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