Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
Could you post the stability curve for Frankie?
Frankie is only perfect for the use for which she was designed; day sailing around the bay. For the far flung cruising mentioned at the beginning of this debate, she is as useless as a one legged man trying to kick ass.
A low income cruiser could easily build a proper cruising boat and have a circumnavigation or two behind him, in far less time than it would take him to even begin paying for a boat like that. Frankie could never sail enough miles to make up for the time and money she wasted. She could never win, in terms of miles per year spent on her.
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"