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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Originally Posted by bfloyd4445 View Post
you cant take a cutting torch to wood, cut out a piece then weld in another like you can with steel.
Thankfully.. All you need is a Fein, boat nails and another piece of wood.

I can't think of anything in boat-repair much more difficult than patching a hole with plate steel. It looks simple enough to an onlooker, but I've seen even professional welders (cheap ones, I might add) stuff it up totally by not allowing for weld stress and heating.

EDIT: Thinking about this, in theory you might be able to cut wood with a plasma cutter. Dunno.. I'm not silly enough to try it. It's always easier to use the right tools for the job at hand.
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Last edited by Classic30; 10-08-2013 at 06:43 PM.