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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Originally Posted by bfloyd4445 View Post
aluminum has its problems and is harder to repair than steel. There is always scrap steel laying around but not often marine grade aluminum. Aluminum is only one point less noble than zinc so electrolysis can be a real issue. I like glass steel over Al for a saltwater boat
I better go warn all those Alaskan commercial and sport fishing boats that they are in grave danger! If you eliminate FG recreational boats, aluminum is by far the most common material for midsize boats up here in the most extreme conditions. Lots of large steel ships of course, but aluminum is EVERYWHERE.