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post #1566 of Old 10-08-2013
Capt Len
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Back to steel construction... I can think of at least two incidences where poor welding caused the sinking of the vessel. One was the Newfoundland ferry from Cape Breton. Dead of winter and the access plate cut during refit for the removal of an engine room generator in the hull was only tacked. Popped out ( or in) and that was that.Another case was the 90 ft?? charter sail built behind Capital Iron .Name escapes me but I distinctly remember the owner hired welders off the street. They fitted hull plating out of bits and cuttings to fill the gaps. Welded on the outside only, no bevel and ground down to look good Of course a piece gave in and she sank in the inside passage. All this to say a constructee is only as good as the constructor. regardless of medium.
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