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post #813 of Old 09-01-2013
Brent Swain
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Originally Posted by smackdaddy View Post
Finally! I found those pics of the $2 blocks Brent was talking about:

I assume these are from his own boat - which starts to give some small indication of its condition. I guess we all have different measures of "perfection".
As you can see, they are in perfect condition, with zero wear or corrosion after 29 years , and many Pacific crossings. If you want "shiny" you can do it in minutes with a brillo pad on a grinder. That has never been a priority for me. I prefer to concentrate on structurally and functionally sound. I have no interest in impressing anyone but the practical.

Thanks for posting these Smack. They make my point.

Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"
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