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post #1009 of Old 09-11-2013
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Originally Posted by Brent Swain View Post
You are still left with the inevitable deck leaks, which require you to re-bed things down from time to time. Welded down stainless never leaks.
Wooden boats are impossible to insulate adequately , without inviting dry rot. They also are far more flammable, and thru hulls in them are far less trouble free, than welded in stainless pipe nipples. It doesn't let you use a part of your hull as a keel cooler, leaving you with salt water intake, salt water pump and heat exchanger problems.
I once hit a sunken bulldozer at hull speed, in Christmas Island lagoon . Zero damage .
Wow I better save my Uncle then.He lives on a grand banks 36 in Portalnd ME year round,Poor guy must be freezing his nadz off!.And Ill have to go tell my Salmon fisherman friend that he is crazy to have been fishing for 35+ years in a WOOD boat built in 1946 and that its impossible to use his keel cooling system on his wood boat.Poor fool doasnt know what hes doing!.
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