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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

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Originally Posted by bobperry View Post
The VOR is starting again. Probably has already started. Those are amazing "fragile plasic" boats.
Probably not the best examples Bob. The last time I followed the VOR there were numerous failures of rigs, keels, hulls and gear. Boats had to limp into out of the way ports for repairs, sometimes even missing whole legs of the race IIRC.

IMHO those boats should be restricted to inshore racing - they are quite simply WAY too close to the edge for deep water. They ARE "fragile plastic boats" in spades.

Remember the first Whitbread when Sayula, a stock Swan 65, got rolled 360 in the Southern Ocean and came up with her rig intact? She also went on to win the race. That's how they should be built for that environment.

Of course I doubt anyone could water ski behind her.
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