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post #19 of Old 11-20-2012
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Having owned a 34' Van de Stadt in steel the performance issue is probably the main drawback though yes the maintenance can get you down. Nonetheless I think that chines or no chines she is a very handsome looking boat. The VDS34 is multi chine and for mine that makes for a better look than the somewhat slab sided appearance of hard chine.

Andrew B (Malö 39 Classic)

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