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post #1498 of Old 10-05-2013
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

A lot of yachts are built in alu. Very few are built in steel. Wonder why? I don't.

Steel is a hard material to work with if you are after yacht quality aesthetic results. Most sailors do not want a boat that looks like it was built by a farmer regardless of how strong it is. There have been yards in Europe who have built beautiful steel boats so it can be done but it sure as hell is not being done over here now. Aluminum is much easier to work with and can produce some very handsome yachts.
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