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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

My new boat will be alu.
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

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aluminum has its problems and is harder to repair than steel. There is always scrap steel laying around but not often marine grade aluminum. Aluminum is only one point less noble than zinc so electrolysis can be a real issue. I like glass steel over Al for a saltwater boat
I better go warn all those Alaskan commercial and sport fishing boats that they are in grave danger! If you eliminate FG recreational boats, aluminum is by far the most common material for midsize boats up here in the most extreme conditions. Lots of large steel ships of course, but aluminum is EVERYWHERE.
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Floyd needs a trip to Bristol Bay.
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

You should contact a toymaker to produce bathtub versions of your cartoon boats.

I'd buy a few for my granddaughter. (At least that's my story and I'm stickin' to it.)
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

I drew the LADY ALISON for my wife's best friend's daughter Alison. Her Dad, Doug is a Bristol Bay fisherman with an all alu fish killing machine. It's not really the colors I made it. It's bare alu. But my deal is when I take on a commission for a cartoon that you get the colors I choose. I have known Alison since she was two days old and so it was another labor of love for me.
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I better go warn all those Alaskan commercial and sport fishing boats that they are in grave danger! If you eliminate FG recreational boats, aluminum is by far the most common material for midsize boats up here in the most extreme conditions. Lots of large steel ships of course, but aluminum is EVERYWHERE.
I am aware of that and currently own two al boats but I can't help but feel steel may be better in most ways and definitely is for larger boats. I also see a few ancient old woody's still out there working. I've hit stuff with wood fiberglass and aluminum and found the al less likely to be holed but much harder and expensive to repair. Glass and wood will flex nicely takeing up much of the impact while aluminum just crushes.
The bottom line is the boat design and quality of manufacture that is most important. If that wasn't so vessels like the wetsnail 32 would not have achieved such a world wide reputation for getting there crew home while other similar vessel have the opposite reputaqtion
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A lot of yachts are built in alu. Very few are built in steel. Wonder why? I don't.

Steel is a hard material to work with if you are after yacht quality aesthetic results. Most sailors do not want a boat that looks like it was built by a farmer regardless of how strong it is. There have been yards in Europe who have built beautiful steel boats so it can be done but it sure as hell is not being done over here now. Aluminum is much easier to work with and can produce some very handsome yachts.
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A lot of yachts are built in alu. Very few are built in steel. Wonder why? I don't.

Steel is a hard material to work with if you are after yacht quality aesthetic results. Most sailors do not want a boat that looks like it was built by a farmer regardless of how strong it is. There have been yards in Europe who have built beautiful steel boats so it can be done but it sure as hell is not being done over here now. Aluminum is much easier to work with and can produce some very handsome yachts.
definitely has its drawbacks just like all the others
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"definitely has its drawbacks just like all the others "
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