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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
Congrats ORACLE design team. You made a faster boat.
I just got new pics of the Sliver Project. I'll post them later. That is my way of presenting the "cons" to steel boats. You will not believe how fair the deck it.
Here is one shot. They are polishing the deck to get it ready for the contrasting non skid paint. The non skid will be laid out in "panels" to give it a more intersting look than just smearing nonskid over the entire deck.
Stuff no stronger than bondo on a steel deck. Some get artsy fartsy with their first deck job, but abandon it after some serious cruising, when having fun becomes greater priority, that giving a hoot what amateurs and gullible "style over substance" consumers think.
Land living is borrowing money to buy what you don't need to impress people you don't like. Some take that kind of thinking to the sea, sadly.
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"