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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.
Your numbers might be compelling if it weren't for the fact that for every one steel boat, there are 100K or more fiberglass boats plying the waters of the world...the vast majority never being smashed to bits at all.
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