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Edo Kazumichi
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The Age of Steel

Yes, I know we're in the Age of Fiberglass but my mind is stuck in The Age of Steel and so I'm intereted in the age of steel - that is, how long will a steel sailboat last?

Let's just say you had a professionally designed and built, well-coated, well-maintained steel boat that had never been re-plated but had been sand-blasted from time to time and had been lovingly looked after over the course of her life. What kind of lifespan would she have? When would she simply no longer be usable?

One thing that makes me wonder about this is that I've come across wooden boats that are 60-70+ years old. Yet I often find that the lifespans of glass and steel boats are discussed in terms of 3 or 4 decades even though these materials are supposed to be superior to wood.

Any thoughts?

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