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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Brent- over the last few weeks have had opportunity to socialize with owners of sisterships built in the last 2-3 yrs.
Couple of men leaving RI. to go through the Panama Canal to cruise the South Pacific.
Young man taking delivery in California then returning to oz with his bride and two infant children.
Mature couple of docs leaving R.I. to do the Salty Dog.
Young couple leaving R.I. to do Great Lakes for a couple of yrs. then caribe cruising
Us doing eastern us coast,caribe and then parts unknown.
This is just one small production builder. Believe if you got valiant owners or Tayana owners or PSC owners or bcc owners etc. the stories would be equally or more expansive. Statements about " plastic boat salesmen " are belayed by folks common knowledge.
Please accept glass,plank on frame,wood strip,cold molded, Al, carbon/foam, and steel all have undeniable merits.
You mentioned using ss at corners. That was interesting. Please drop the blanket indictment of "plastic". You have knowledge of pros/cons of your material. Speak to that.
? How do you handle wiring?electronic?compass?bottom paint? Engine mounting?shaft?electrolysis prevention

Bob-that owner gonna smile every time he looks back from the dinghy. Priceless

s/v Hippocampus
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