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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
Don't close it. There's no reason to.
It's a very valuable conversation and has generated a tremendous amount of interest. Some might view the squabbles herein as pure personality issues - but they're not. Not by any means. The conversation really has been about the material of steel and the extending mindset of that approach (origami, fear, self-sufficiency, etc.) from the beginning. So I don't even see this thread as drifting off its original topic for the most part (spousal abuse notwithstanding).
As for the pros and cons of steel, I feel pretty comfortable that most of Brent's ludicrous claims have been countered very well in this thread. He can't hide anymore - because his own words have done him in.
Apart from that BS, steel as a boat material choice (whether building or buying) has been shown to be just another option with its pros and cons by some very capable yacht designers such as Bob, Jeff, and others. This is very, very productive.
Now that the crap is cleaned up, it's up to interested parties to join the conversation and bring new questions and perspectives. Closing the thread would kill this for no good reason.
Last edited by smackdaddy; 10-17-2013 at 11:36 PM.