Once known as Hartley18
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Thanked 72 Times in 72 Posts
Rep Power: 10
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
Brent are you aware of any structural failures of any professionally built cold molded boats? Your argument is specious in the extreme. Even back during world war two using resorcinol mine sweepers made of wood were seeing hard service in the north sea during winter storms.
..and don't forget that, like the Mosquito's fuselage, those hulls were both extremely thin and extremely light to save cost and weight.
Going up a size, there are numerous racing yachts in New Zealand from the drawing boards of both Bailey and the Logan brothers cold-moulded in NZ Kauri that are as good as the day they were launched - over 100 years ago.
"Honestly, I don't know why seamen persist in getting wrecked in some of the outlandish places they do, when they can do it in a nice place like Fiji." -- John Caldwell, "Desperate Voyage"