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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
When I sold my last boat in 87, the average time it took to sell a sailboat was two years, and boats were selling a lot faster then than they are now.
Winston just sold his 36 ft brentboat for $47K in two months after first advertising her. Silas Crosby just sold just as quickly. Viski ( another 36 ft brentboat) sold within days of putting her up for sale.
While plastic boats are being practically given away, those wanting something a bit tougher, in steel, don't have a lot of options.
A couple of summers ago, a young couple heading north to BC from Hawaii, in a wooden boat, disappeared without a trace. Would they have survived had they been in a steel cruising boat ? No guarantees ,but probably. The odds of them surviving would have been exponentially greater.
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"