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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
The point I am trying to make is that there is an incredible amount of experience with aluminum boat builders in the US. Invariable the reason for building aluminum boats is the weight issue rather than strength. As you (and I) pointed out.
Actually, that was not my point. Weight AND durability are the reasons aluminum boats are popular in Alaska. Jet boats going up stream in very rocky water, sometimes jumping beaver dams or skimming over shoals that are out of the water for example. And, offshore it is the same thing. Weight AND durability is the issue. These things take MAJOR beatings that a fiberglass boat would not even make it 100 yards from the launch.
Just don't want to be misquoted as I was pointing out that when you want durability and weight savings then aluminum is really one of the few choices.