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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
There is an interesting story on CF about a Beneteau having her rudder suddenly sheer off in moderate conditions. That is why I prefer an overbuilt skeg. You can build a steel skeg far stronger than a shaft,with other benefits, and no serious penalty, except the building time.
Bob and Smack say fibreglass is stronger than steel. Try driving a fibreglass nail into a piece of steel Then try a fibreglass chisel, then fibreglass screwdriver, or wrench. Beat on a piece of steel with a fibreglas pickaxe, then try a steel pickaxe on a piece of fibreglass. Bob and Smack say the fibreglass ones would fare better. Base your assessment of their credibility on the results.
Smack started saying that 36 inches was the minimum height for lifelines. Bob didn't disagree. Then, when I pointed out that Bobs boats had only 24 inch high lifelines, as did Smack's Hunter, he began saying that 35 inches was too high, and that you are more likely to fall under them , than over them.
That is the kind of logic you would expect from someone who claims that my steel boats are not strong enough , yet buys pieces of crap like a Hunter or Catalina.
A documentary on the Dole Corporation said they have rooms full of people, who cruise the internet, hired to attack and trash anyone who posts anything which they consider contrary to their financial interests. By offering people alternatives to super expensive ways of doing things, I am subject to the same type of attacks, from those with a huge financial stake in maintaining the belief that the expensive ways are cruisers only options.
I have yet to meet any one who has one of my boats, properly built to my plans , who would rather be cruising in anything else.
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"
Last edited by Brent Swain; 06-07-2014 at 08:21 PM.