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Old 01-27-2014
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Still thought due to the weight of steel small (<50') all steel boats will have more difficulty maintaining good stability regardless of measuring tool. Thought that was one of the main reasons for hybrids with steel hulls and aluminum decks/ houses.
Similarly thought any device to decrease weight aloft was justified by improvement in "stiffness" justifying carbon masts and synthetics of standing rigging instead of rod or one by 19.
Can't see how BS boats could sail decently. Can't get a PHRF or other number on BS boats. Wonder how they would do against a mini. Increased wetted surface from wide,long tandem keels. Iron stick. Small sail plan not utilizing any of the sailmaking advance of recent decades. Looking at the shape would think getting to 45 true is a wish. Would love to see a certified sailing polar or any independent measure of performance other than a story. Know there are some good performers in steel. Just think BS boats are not on t.hat list.
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