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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
I think we also learned that while corrosion can be an issue on steel boats, some methods/processes can significantly reduce the problem, but that some actually make it worse.
And those methods, along with their pros and cons are......
The biggest and most common mistake on a steel boat is putting wood over steel on the outside. That will be more maintenance than the rest of the boat combined. That makes things much worse, and has no pros, only cons. If you like fine woodwork, keep it inside.
Or you could take picture of some bright work, take it to the paint shop and have the colour matched, then put that colour where you would like to see bright work. From 10 feet away it will look exactly the same, especially if you put a clear finish over it.
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"