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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

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Originally Posted by Faster View Post
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.
Ted Brewer came up with a process called "Radius Chine" that was plated conventionally but the chine area was replaced with a rolled piece that removed the hard edge. I've seen a couple and you'd never know they weren't conventional round bilge design unless you knew about it.

I don't know the cost details but I can't imagine it would increase the build cost very much - most large machine shops have big plate rollers. The framing in the chine area would take a bit more work as well, to get the radius on all the frames.

I see no reason why you couldn't do the same thing in alloy.
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