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I've said this in a number of threads before, my apologies if you've seen it all before but I really do beleve that sub 40' is too small for a steel boat. There is simply to much weight in the hull and deck themselves which results in less ballast in the keel where it really belongs.
Van de Stadt 34
Steel 5.4t displacement, 1.8t ballast.
Wood or Aluminium 4.5t displacement, 2.0t ballast
Now OK, some of that weight is in the keel outer casing so overall ballast is probably the same but even so you are dragging around an extra 2.0t.
What can I say ? We love the old girl, we bought her DESPITE the fact she was steel not because and our next boat will almost certainly be frozen snot.
Andrew B (Malö 39 Classic)
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