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post #21 of 25 Old 02-19-2002
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buying a 60'''' steel

Well, I have to say that Bobola has it on the mark! I am not sure why some of you would say a steel boat is a "fizzing" death sentence...I am in the process of restoring a 40 foot steel boat and I plan on sailing it around the world. I would have nothing else but a steel boat! I know there are a great deal of floating "Chlorox Bottles" out there doing the job, but I want my boat to be able to withstand the rigors of big seas and a fair amount of flotsam out there as well. Can you imagine being holed out in the middle of the pacific? I would rather spend my time making sure that my steel boat is finished correctly. I have been taking care of the rust I have found (most of it surface). What areas that are of concern, I have removed and welded in new plates. Since the welded plate is every bit as strong as the original plate, I find this comforting. As for the electrolytic action that can take place, well there are so many options to take care of that problem. A lot of steel boats out there that are not fizzing into non-existence. I am using Ameron''s Bar-Rust 235 as the primer and then will follow with a two-part polyurethane as the finishing coats. Yes, there are maintenance concerns with steel boats, but hell, what boat doesn''t?

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I would ask what are your intentions for the boat? For extensive ocean crossing bluewater cruising steel is great.
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I have personal experience sailing on a 65' Colvin schooner.
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I think he's made a decision by now see date of last post

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Interesting comments, though (and I don't mean the steel boat stuff).

Here we are 7 years later, in the middle of their time window. The ozone hole hasn't killed us, the ocean conveyor is working just fine, and, except for normal updates, our charts are still good. Hmm...hmm
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