Originally Posted by miatapaul
I have read that many of the European boats use iron instead of lead due to regulations against heavy metals more than the advantage of one over the other. Cost is obviously a big reason iron is chosen. I am glad to read about people who have had good success sealing iron keels, perhaps we only read about those who have problems because they are seeking help while those who do it successfully don's advertize it much. I have looked at a few boats that had iron keels and thought of it as a major disadvantage.
If it is like that why all expensive European brands use lead keels? and why many of those that use iron offer an expensive upgrade for a lead keel?
To give you an idea normally the upgrade on a 40ft boat for a lead keel costs about 10 000€. Almost all prefer to buy with that money a bow thruster.