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post #1557 of Old 10-08-2013
Capt Len
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Disregarding factors of material, design. moments etc, advantage of steel over wood is obvious when you consider inside volume.My planking is 2 inches, frames 4 inches, deck beams 6 inches, carlins 6x6 shearclamp 10 by 10 all in a hull that could be better used if the same shape were steel or even FG.This volume wouldn't have to be full of stuff but would make it easier to swing a cat.Since captains aren't allowed to do that any more, I wouldn't change a thing.
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