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Old 11-02-2009
Rosso Rosso is offline
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Hi There,
well I'll add my 2 bobs worth Yes I'm an Aussie,
having had both I have an advantage
Best self Maintenance Long Terms Glass
However saying that many Production yacht with bolt on Keels are coming up to a Major Major overhaul with replacement of Keel Bolts, Keel packing re glassing arount the Keel ( read your manufacturers recommendation Its a must)
Steel boat Just get out the Oxy and cut and weld
Minor scraps Both
Major collison Incident, Steel Easier, Cheaper and faster to repair.and can be done anywhere ( welder on Board)
Pointed object damage Steel
Boat dropped on a reef on its side Steel
Scrape a reef with the keel
Stronger boat Steel by far You can bend a Glass boat with your mast rigging
Lightning Steel
Sailing ability Both given the right boats
Cruising maintenance Steel ( can be fixed any where in the world I know I've been in Indonesia)
Noise reduction Glass
General Hull Maintenance Steel no ozmosis but rust mainly on the inside but there is the electrolysis issue
Sailing Cold weather Glass
Ease to learn to weld or fibreglass Glass
Making new fixings Steel
I must say I tended to be a bit more adventurist with a steel boat around Bommies and reefs because I knew it could stand some punishment and not have to run off and have it hauled out at every incident ( not that I was reckless)
ROI Glass but
my thoughts take them or leave them
Rosso
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