Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
A good demolition derby between steel and plastic happened in 82, when Bernard Moitessier's steel " Joshua" went aground in Cabo San Lucas. A larger fibreglass boat landed on top of her and disintegrated quickly . The Joshua is still sailing after minor repairs.
In 1975, 35 boats, mostly fibreglass, were wrecked in the Tuamotus. Most disintegrated in an hour or two. Trismus, a sister ship to Joshua, was abandoned after she filled with water thru a vent. Ten years later, the locals refloated her, and began using her for shipping coconuts around the lagoon. The skipper of Trismus, Patrick , was later lost without trace, while doing a transatlantic race in a plastic boat.
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"