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post #3 of Old 02-12-2014
Brent Swain
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Re: planning to buy: steel hull / wooden deck

A wooden deck on a steel hull is a big mistake and a huge maintenance problem down the road. With wood swelling and shrinking , and steel stable, there is no bedding compound in the world which will keep it tight forever.
I have heard the coast guard had good luck with steel hulls and aluminium super structures, bolted on. I' d prefer to make the transition at the cabinside -cabintop joint.
With a wooden deck you lose the huge advantage of metal ,the ability to weld things down, the most reliably watertight and super strong connection possible.
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