Van der Stadt designed some steel boats around 30 feet see CLICKY
Also this is a good resource Welcome to the Metal Boat Society
BTW does the pic in the OP show a recent incident. I seem to remember seeing a boat named Gringo down in Grenada late last year.
The pic is not that recent, but I don't know when it happened.
Thanks for the info, I hadn't found that metal boat Society before.
Maybe he'd have been more careful in a 'glass boat. Maybe he was down below sandblasting when that buoy just kinda' snuck up on him. (Rust never sleeps.) Maybe his heavy steel hull slowed him down so he couldn't avoid whatever it was that hit him. Because of their weight, steel hulls need to be pretty big to perform well enough to justify using the material. (Small steel boats are slow because they're too heavy for their size, compared to other boats.) Big boats cost more to outfit and to operate, and are more difficult to maneuver. (see above...) Every boat is a balancing act. Steel has some good points, and some downsides.
Yeah I know that they are slow and need a lots of maintenance but like I said before I think it's a fair trade off for peace of mind.
I only found 2 steel sailboats that would suit my needs, so i'm not even sure yet that i'm gonna buy one... I'm just exploring all the possibilities.