Cant Help but be curious.
Does anyone else here Have a steel boat?
Is anyone else here activley engaged in maintaing/sailing/building a steel boat?
OR is that part of the thread irrelevant?
For me, there is no other option for material.
For one I like working with steel.
secondly, I would (and have) destroy a plastic boat amazingly fast.
The past few days I have spent Welding on the outside of my Stainless steel bulwark cap. Gonna spend today grinding it, cleaning in up and putting on the zinc primer.
I also decided that i Wanted better ventilation for welding inside the hull, So I cut the forehatch out of the boat in about 40 seconds of work. Voila! Man i love my plasma cutter. Oh yeah, and its been raining. Not much, but enough that i wouldnt be able to work on my boat if it were made of glass. Thats another thing that appeals to me.
And yes, I could probably have bought a used boat for "cheaper" But it only would have been cheaper for a few years, before it started eating more money.
Steel cost me about 9500. delivered to my house on a small island. wheeled and primed. Scrap stainless has cost me another few thousand i would guess.
the rest is time, and I have lots of that, and find great satisfaction in building my boat.