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Old 05-30-2006
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High Latitude boats - Metal v Fiberglass

I recently read an article in a non-sailing publication (The Economist online, "Icebergs Ahoy") about some outfits doing private charters in the far south and north - Antarctica, Tierra del Fuego, South Georgia, Greenland, Spitsbergen. They made the observation that fiberglass boats are not tough enough to face the hazards of sailing in these regions. However, when I looked at the website of one the brokers handling boats that do these trips I found that although most were using metal vessels there were two or three that were using fiberglass boats.

Does a guy need a steel boat to survive a trip to Greenland or Antarctica or to round Cape Horn?
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