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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

The gentleman who helped me design and execute the build of my Outbound is also a Waterline dealer. They are clearly the apex of what can be achieved in a mid sized steel yacht. In years past Kanter produced similar high quality yachts in steel but more recently Al. Brent need not leave Canada to see it done right. Unlike BS boats they are yachts. Builder went with steel thinking Al held paint poorly. The prep of the steel and painting is a work of beauty. Great thought was given to maintenance of the hull and systems so seeing pics of this boat after being cruised extensively and looking so fine are not surprising. His comments about filler and durability are bogus. Dutch yards are still making yachts ( not boats) of similar quality. If Brent like to broaden his horizons a trip to Puffin Yachts might surprise him. Again I've seen extensively cruised examples looking like they just splashed.
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Builder went with steel thinking Al held paint poorly.
They should know better - big jets live in a much harsher environment than boats and the paint stays on them. They keep it to a minimum due to the weight but the stripes and tails keep their paint just fine.

All it takes is bright metal and appropriate primer.
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Nice photo of FRANCIS LEE taken by Jan of Jan's Marine Photography last Saturday when Jan was out photographing the regatta. She couldn't resist snapping a few shots of FRANCIS as it slid by. Who could?
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That's just an insanely cool boat.
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I was taking Ruby to the groomer this morning and driving along thinking about "the perfect life" and if it really exists. Most aspects of my life are quite good. But I think anyone who says their life is perfect is ether lying or a moron. Then I started musing on "Is anything in my life perfect?"

The only think I could come up with is FRANCIS LEE. So far the boat has been perfect. Well,,,that's if you don't count the humming backstay but I think we now have that fixed. You see, there is always something. My old pal Ed used to say, "Always something. Never nothing." Then there is that silly nagging detail, FRANCIS doesn't belong to me.

If you look around and there is nothing that is not perfect I suspect you are not looking very hard, myopia. For my life to be perfect I'd have to see world hunger eradicated first. Then no more kids in agony, please. I do have one other little request. But that's not going to happen. My life will never be perfect. But it's a good life.
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Absolutely right - perfection is a goal, not a destination. Right now Frankie is pretty perfect but there will inevitably come scratches and other imperfections.

All we can do is keep trying and draw the line somewhere short of full on OCD.
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"OCD" Help me. I'm a simple old man living on the beach. What is this "OCD"?

"Old Crumbly Dick"?
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

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"OCD" Help me. I'm a simple old man living on the beach. What is this "OCD"?

"Old Crumbly Dick"?
No smilie so I assume you are serious - Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder.

It's when the quest for perfection starts to interfere with daily life in a big way.

Wife: I'm leaving you - your fussiness is driving me nuts.

Husband: Well be sure to close the door 5 times.

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