The sad thing is that Brent apparently does have good valuable information to share, however his positive nuggets of information get lost when instead of simply sharing his knowledge with us in a positive way he feels the need to slam and put down everyone else and every other boat building material.
The irony is that if he would stop the attacks and simply share his knowledge in a positive way he might gain the respect he apparently craves.
I only respond to attacks on the information I give , from those who have no experience in my field. Such attacks, left unchallenged, would be accepted as fact ,were they left unchallenged.
This discussion is about pros and cons of steel boats. Compared to which alternatives? Some interpret that as "only cons allowed."
I am the only person posting responses to attacks on steel as a material, who has any long distance, long term cruising , building, maintaining and designing experience, on steel boats , on this thread. Without my postings , only cons, from people with almost zero experience in the subject at hand, would be posted here. This kind of one sided disinformation would be a disservice to anyone seeking reliable information on the subject, or a credible answer to the original question here.
There is no denying Bobs expertise in FG boats ,in which he is one of the foremost experts in the world. That doesn't automatically make him an expert in all matters nautical, including a material he has almost zero experience in building, maintaining and cruising in. You wouldn't allow someone's qualifications as a rocket scientist pass as qualifications for him to do open heart surgery on you.
Suggestions that a fibreglass boat is as strong as a steel boat, with welded down lifelines, mooring bits, hatch hinges and coamings etc etc , must be challenged, regardless of how self evident the lie is. Such disinformation costs lives .
Stainless is around 95,000 psi tensile strength. According to Kasten ,marine aluminium is 45,000 psi tensile strength. To be the same strength the cross section of stainless, aluminium must be slightly greater than twice the cross section of stainless.
Smack's claim that the cross section of the 3/16th stainless shackle on a Garhaur block is more than half the cross section of the 3/16th by 1 1/4 inch becket X2 on my blocks, or that the cross section of the thin stainless becket on a garhaur is more than half that of the 1 1/4 by 3/16th becket on my blocks , is bull, which must be challenged , lest it mislead anyone into blowing their cruising funds needlessly on over priced gear, with no functional advantage whatsoever.