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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
Not enough paint is the main cause of maintenance problems on steel boats as well. Some commercial builders like it thin, because it gives one a smoother finish with less work. The thicker it gets, the more inclined it is to need a lot of work to keep it smooth, the wrong priorities on a full time cruising boat. If you can still see the weld pattern thru the paint, it is definitely not thick enough.
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"