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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
Jrff, one mistake, weigh decreases carrying capacity. A vessel of a given volume will displace x amount of water. any weight added will decrease its carrying capacity or payload. A Tupperware wood AL boat being lighter will have a greater payload than a steel boat of the same size.That's why I stated that under 50 feet steel was more of a liability than asset unless you are a habitual reef banger.
that sai8d I still like steel vessels of any size
I think that you and I are trying to say roughly the same thing. I was saying it in the negative by pointing out that in and of itself, increasing the displacement of a boat does it automatically add to carrying capacity.
You are pointing out in the positive, a heavier boat does not have greater carrying capacity if that added weight is in the form of a heavy hull and deck structure.
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