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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Originally Posted by bobperry View Post
Those Castro boats are good looking by any standard. And they sail well. What's not to like?
Hey.. don't get me wrong.. I feel extremely fortunate to have such a great boat. She's not perfect, but she sure is fine...

Back to the subject, sort of...

I think few people will deny (well, I can think of one) that the development of GRP boats has created a revolution in the world of sailing, with ordinary folks became able to afford to own and maintain sailboats, to a level that wasn't generally possible before.

In the mid-sixties, my father, a machinist at General Motors, was able to buy, maintain, and sail a boat (Shark 24) large enough to take my mother and us 4 kids for weekend sails in Michigan.

It was something he could afford to do, and maintain the boat without special skills!

We are all lucky to live in such a time.


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