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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
Bob, you have long done a great service to plastic boat owners, by designing some of the best plastic production boats , for those who simply want to buy a boat. You ( and Smack)do a great disservice to those preferring metal boats, by making statements based on rumours, old wives tales, and tales spread by the plastic boat industry, on a subject you know little about , and have little experience with.
We would all be better off if you would stick to your area of expertise. Like the discussions on BD.net, I give almost all the experience based input on this subject, by anyone who has any extensive hands on experience on this subject. Like BD.net , those who know very little about the subject have tried to take over the discussion. When I asked who there had any cruising experience in a steel boat, only one (I besides me ), mentioned limited coastal cruising in a metal boat. Only one had any extensive metal boat building experience (and had built frameless metal boats ) One was starting his first ever metal boat ( and became an instant expert) and the others had zero experience in metal boats, while claiming to know more about them than someone who had built dozens of them, over decades, and who had crossed the Pacific in one many times .
You are right Bob, the lbs per inch immersion goes up as she sinks, less in a boat with short overhangs than on one with long overhangs.
Quality in design can only come from someone with experience in the material being used. You have plenty in plastic but little in steel . You'd be the best source for info on plastic ,and one of the worst for info on steel.
Super bowl? Who cares !
Suns coming out, a good westerly rising, and forecast to last. Time to go cruising!
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"
Last edited by Brent Swain; 02-02-2014 at 04:37 PM.