Aspiring to be a Mexican
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: La Cruz de Hunacaxtle, Mexico
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Would you ever even consider ferro-cement?
We just looked over a huge ferro-cement schooner. It's a homebuilt 54 LOD, 72 LOA. I've always thought that there was no way I would own a ferro-cement boat but I couldn't tell you why exactly, it just brings to mind a damp, cold medieval castle. We all have our prejudices but I try to look at mine from time to time to see if they're based on anything real.
All in all, it was a pretty cool boat. I wish that it had been maintained at least a little bit over the last 25 years. Some boats are brand new production models that have all the bugs worked out and everything is perfect. The other end of the spectrum is trash that floats that will cost a bundle to dispose of. This particular boat is too close to the trash end of the spectrum. It is beautiful, there's no question but too many things are wrong with it. The standing rigging is due for replacement, the running rigging is almost shot, all of the handmade wood blocks are cracked and need replacement, there are only 3 sails on board and it can fly 4, almost none of the systems work, corrosion, every port leaks, buckled decks, compressed mast steps, few electronics and those that are there are ancient, rotten wood, on and on. There were great parts too. The foreward cabin was described by my son as a garage. The head can fit all 3 of us at once. The galley is great. The aft cabin could hold a small keg party with a live band in the salon. The engine (4 cyl diesel) only has 20 hours on it. The teak decks are suitable for a soccer match.
This is unfortunately the wrong boat for us. It is a bigger project than I can afford time-wise or money-wise. It has been too long since anything was fixed except for paint and stain. Even if it was free it's too far to go and I want to take off sooner than this boat would ever allow.
But it did get me thinking that maybe a ferro-cement boat could work, you can get a lot of boat for your money.
I'm anxious to hear your opinions.