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So the interior of the keel can't rust at all?
It's welded over so you can't see it rusting.
I don't really like aluminium, it's harder to work with and can have pretty serious problems with electrolysis...
But you like sandblasting and painting continuously to keep rust in check. Aluminum has its issues, but it IS lighter, if you're absolutely set on a metallic hull.
I just send a e-mail to Robert H perry, but i'm not sure he designs steel sailboat. Anyways I asked him a few question and i'm waiting on a response.
The sad loss of his son may slow his response.
Dudley Dix has an extensive array of designs in many materials. Woodenboat did a nice article some years ago on a 36' boat he built in his back yard (constant camber, I think). Many of his boats routinely race from Capetown to Rio, so they tend to be good-performing, and have to be well thought out structurally to take the conditions they encounter.
Last edited by paulk; 04-11-2011 at 09:33 PM.