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Re: considering a ferro cement boat
If it costs you $7K and you live aboard it for 7 months, saving 7K in rent ,the boat is free. Then the rigging and gear are all freebees. You quickly reach the point where it owes you nothing. Plus, you had a lot more fun than paying rent to live in an apartment.
Most were sprayfoamed, the best insulation you can get. They are far more comfortable to live aboard , light years more comfortable than most fibreglass boats.
I've never heard of any cement boat having any structural problems whatever, at sea, even in hurricanes.It is high in compression strength ( 15,000 PSI) and low in tensile strength(1,500 psi , same as wood.).
They dont survive collisons with rocks so well. I lost my first boat in Fiji ,a cement boat, on a coral reef , in conditions my steel boat would have had absolutely no problems with. It will be slow , but not much slower than most boats with several years living aboard ballast ( junk) .
Keep her off the rocks and you will get your moneys worth of enjoyment out of her. Stay away from Catalinas. Those would be like living in an ice cube.
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"
Last edited by Brent Swain; 07-23-2012 at 07:08 PM.