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Why do have this sneaking suspicion that someone is building a steel boat ?
Look, Cam and Sasha might be wrong. I might also be Bill Gates love child.
Problem is that people who build themselves a hull and then fail to complete are almost always the poor sad dreamers who think that the hull is the hard/expensive bit cos its big. It's sad but true. Sadder still that they have this somewhat quaint and vaguely amusing idea that they can somehow get their money back on a partially completed hull. By the time they realise that a partially completed hull is damn near worthless the deterioration of same makes it a giveaway proposition unless they can find some equally deluded soul to take the thing off their hands.
In my 'umble opinion MJack would be far better off to go out and buy a decent second hand boat. Almost certainly it will cost less than the cost of finishing the bare hull.
One thing I'll not do is knock steel boats as such given that I have one. Yep they are a tad slower than their plastic, aluminium or cold moulded cousins but not by much and that strength thing is a very solid plus. But would I buy a partially complete steel boat and finish it off myself ? I'd rather spend the night with Chopper Reid. Oh all right, maybe not but it's a close run thing.
Our Raven is a 34' Van de Stadt. You could not half way build her for what she cost us to buy.
Finally I'd really like to know if MJAck has any experience whatsoever with steel boats or is this his first ?
No, not finally. After a bit of a think I seek some carification. What does partially finished really mean ? Is the boat undercover ? Does the shot blast and paint include the interior ? Is all the interior joinery complete ? Engine installed ? Electricals ? All that needs to be done is standing and running rigging plus sails ?
At the right price that might be a different proposition.
Andrew B (Malö 39 Classic)
“Life is a trick, and you get one chance to learn it.”
― Terry Pratchett.
Last edited by tdw; 07-07-2008 at 01:54 AM.