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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
When I was doing some work on Crane Island, I noticed A LOT of the folks that lived on the islands that did not have ferry service, had a boat that could do as the Munson 40-8. All were aluminum for the most part. A steel one or two here and there. but aluminum was the main one. There is another style or two of ALum boat used too, along with a few fiberglass ones. But would suspect aluminum is used as that is how you had to get things to the land, ie land the boat on the rock, unload,quickly and head back out, or if the tide was going out, you were stuck on the shore, or only land during flood tides!
I do agree the fronts on boats like the 40-8 were ugly if you will, but from a practical use standpoint, VERY functional and useful!
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