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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
Gee Brent don't you even read and look at what Bob posts???? That PSC sure isn't a daysailor. It's clearly a beautiful, comfortable safe blue water cruiser as are myriad "plastic" boats. Instead of taking hits at people speak to the subject at hand. Convince me that going from my beautiful boat which sails circles around anything you've built, has a great ride, is wonderful to live in, is safe and strong is a poorer choice than your boats for a cruiser. I never have to worry about my hull. I can stay in just changing zincs as long as the bottom paint hold up. She has a layer true closed cell foam not needed structurally glassed in the inside of the hull and with a divinylcell cored deck your nonsense about condensation and heating/cooling is just bogus. You may realize by now I looked extensively into building in steel. After examining the pros/cons of various materials it came down to Al or grp as I could not tolerate the poor performance, maintenance requirements and poor resale value of building in steel. Yes 99.999% of shipping is in steel hulls but you need to provide some hard data beyond just your hearsay tales about these issues. I know steel boats lost to
fire- installation burned- boat basically meted inside out- not worth salvage
sinking- coating failed section of hull oil canned under stress boat sank
electrolysis- boat retired before expected service life don't worth replatng
I know of boats sold and owners going to glass or Al after finding performance so poor resulting expense of fuel s high that cruising was curtailed
More weight in the hull - less weight available for other things if one is to maintain displacement.
You talk in circles repeating how inexpensive your boats are. However you do not compare to other home methods such as modern wood. If expense is the issue buying a bare hull and outfitting it your self is better choice as you know its the huge hours doing the interior where the expense lies.
I have repetitively said steel is a great boat building material but still hold below 50-60' other materials make more sense.
P.S.- like most modern boats I have a watertight bulkhead forward and can navigate some so please don't repeat the diatribe about puncture resistance.