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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

For anybody thinking of building a steel boat here is a link to the very well documented build of a Roberts 43. CLICKY

It took them 10 years.
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Wow TQ. That is definitely well documented!

The timeline sounds about right. What is ironic is this statement at the very beginning:

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So do you want to build a steel boat for the next X years? Or do you want to sail?

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So do you want to build a boat for the next X years? Or do you want to sail?

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I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
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Ten years?
To borrow a golf phrase:
"While we are young."

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10 years and a bad back from moving heavy crap around.
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Yep, those folks are still building, while we've been out for 14 years, in a well found fiberglass leaky teaky. Thanks Bob!


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I have found over the years that there are people who want to own a boat and there are people who want to build a boat. Sometimes it's the same person but usually not. In the case of the guy who wants to build a boat finishing the boat is often the last thing he wants. For him finishing the project means the fun is over and now he has to try and sail the boat and in many cases this terrifies him.

When I was a kid I rowed over to a floating boat shop where a noted curmudgeon Pocock was building a big wooden schooner. He was notorious for chasing looky loos away. But I rowed over in a wooden Whitehall and caught his eye. He motioned me over and asked if he could take a look at the Whitehall. I said sure "If I can take a look at your schooner." He grumbled and said OK. I looked at the massive plank of frame traditional boat he was building single handed and then I asked an innocent question," Where are you going to sail it when it's done?" He responded with, "Isn' it enough that I build it? Do I have to sail it too?" I felt spanked and left. Shortly after that the floating boat shop burned down.

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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Sorry I haven't been following this thread. I've been out sailing. Still, going back to OP's orginal question.
For those with the skill set, appropriate space and and TIME building in steel can make sense. My father in law's best friend built a drop dead gorgeous 62' steel trawler over ~5y. He had employees help with the steel work, had another company due the blasting and coating ( a sub contractor he used in his business), a friend who was a master electrician do the wiring and so forth. He retired and went cruising. As far as I know he's still on that boat.

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