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i was reading the review, and i might buy a steel boat for some reason
the fibre glass there is the problem of osmose, then there is the problem to treat the problem.
The repair is a bit more difficult

as for the steel, heavier and more solid construction
Ok i can said, i will lose 1 or 2 knots on sailing.

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Depends on the size of the boat. 30 to 40 ft yes they are often heavy compared to fg and slow in light airs.

As you get bigger then steel comes into it's own.

Endeavour was many things but not slow.

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the steel boat is 42ft...actually i have two options, the Finot 42 steel, or a trimus 40 steel to be refit totally.
The Endeavour is a nice boat..
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Steel can be a fine material for a heavy weather sailboat - if it has been detailed with an eye towards ease of maintaining.

Check deep down in the bilge and other hidden areas - ask yourself "would I want to either pay someone to hunch over and grind away the rust in those little cubbies or do it myself on weekends ?"
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the only thing i'm afraid is buying a fibreclass boat, second hand, and then have much problem with the osmose. I cannot buy a new boat for sure because of the money, so boats around 80s is good investment for me.
So i was thinking about steel.
I understand that Steel is vrey heavy and probably will become a blue water curiser, but i'm looking for a solid construction. Also i was thinking i'm not a great expert in navigation and i might have some problem how deep it is, orI might hit something or corail
Again Steel or Alu.
where i'm going the employee is relatively cheap....
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where are you going to be sailing ?


fiberglass is only an issue in cored boats. Solid Hand Lain fiberglass rarely has issues with water penetration.
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Steel is not a good material to build a boat of 30 ft. In my opinion keep away from it.

Ketch rig is a wonderful rig but you have to be used to it. I used a ketch rig for nearly 20 years and I think, I still need to learn more.
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Osmosis that goes into the structure of a boat is very rare. It is mostly cosmetic. And it may not happen.
A new steel boat properly built and protected is fine but a 20 or 30 year old boat will be rusty somewhere - inside behind the insulation or somewhere else that is hard or impossible to get to without removing the interior. And even in a 40' boat it is heavier than other materials. I would be very careful buying an older steel boat.
Aluminum is a better material and lighter than steel. Electrolysis can be a problem but is not an issue on a well built boat. The aluminum boats built in France where the material is common have no problems.
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thanks for your help, the sailing name i'm looking for is a " 1979 Finot Reve des tropique". 12m5. I'm going to sail in Indian Ocean, southern Hemisphere Around Mauritius, Madagascar and Comoros island.
type thename of this boat, and you will fine it on the net, if you have time let me know what you think, a good opportunity and investment or not?

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Steel is not a good material to build a boat of 30 ft. In my opinion keep away from it.

Ketch rig is a wonderful rig but you have to be used to it. I used a ketch rig for nearly 20 years and I think, I still need to learn more.
which boat do you have?
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Here's the listing here: http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listi..._id=78000&url=

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