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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
We can beat the steel v alloy v plastic issue to death. It comes to personal preference and use and budget.
For us the heavy steel, hard chine boat had worked out well, so far. I've had a couple of " incidents", perhaps my fault, where the boat has had to be tough. I hit a submerged piling at speed, got caught on a pier in a bad gale, and grounded in a rock garden. The pier gave me a dent I took out with bondo, but a lesser boat would have had deck/hull attachment issues. Else wise I came out clean. The story with the 33' is different, but I'm no less pleased. She has taken care of this old fool.
For how and where we sail, given our budget, it works.
Now if I won the lottery? A Boreal 44'!