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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
Here are a couple of boats designed by Brent
I know that they also float.
Comox backwater, Jack??
The undeniable inherent strength of steel has to be a big comfort at sea and in rock-hopping scenarios.
With today's advanced coatings the maintenance issue is probably much reduced relatively speaking. Repairable anywhere.
But, (no offence, Brent) they're not always pretty and most are hard chine, which is OK but something you need to 'like'.. Soft chine metal boats are usually much more costly to have built.
It's not a quick easy way to build a boat, esp compared to 'plastic' so steel boats will always be in the minority in 'yachty' circles...
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
Last edited by Faster; 11-19-2012 at 10:28 PM.