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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
So you are trying to convince us by showing us alumimum boat manufacturers and owners? Your sources are biased..
So what does the US Government say about Alum boats?
"Aluminum weapons systems
are in widespread use throughout all services of the military. Unfortunately, more and more failures of aluminum due to corrosion are being reported. "
Aluminum Equipment Failures in Coastal and Marine Environments
How about this 144 footer
that failed in 1 month??
"Nichols discovered the cracks in the Jet Cat's hull
after the boat's owner, Catalina Express, noticed the aluminum on the boat discoloring. Just a month after the 144-foot boat was launched by Nichols in April, the problem caught the attention of the company's engineers. Metallurgy tests showed that the aluminum was defoiling wherever it was in contact with salt water. Cracks near the Jet Cat's engine room were so large that water had begun to seep into the boat."
Cracks in aluminum boat's hull cause concern at Nichols - South Whidbey Record
Hummm, I get your point. It is because Aluminum is a shitty material for boat building that " 50% of boats in America are built from aluminum".
It makes sense
The Advantages of Having an Aluminum Boat |