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opinions re: epoxy vs. plastic hulls, lead vs. iron keels

hi

interested if anyone has any opinions on the following:

1. Is there any specific disadvantage, other than price and possibly environmental considerations in manufacturing, of an epoxy hull compared to a poly/vinyl-ester hull? (comparing apples to apples - i.e. assuming both cored with same core material)

2. (I know this has been discussed somewhat previously & have looked at the posts) what disadvantages are there to lead versus iron keels.

i ask just because as i look around for next boatie, it seems to me that apart from (relatively) small price differences, there are no disadvantages to epoxy hull and lead keel. i do see some disadvantages to carbon fiber spars.

would be interested in others' thoughts.
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