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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
There is a great article in this month's Sail magazine ( July 2014) on Winston's daughter, Kim, cruising Mexico in her brentboat ,the 4th brentboat in the family. It points out how her decision to go by brentboat is based on a huge amount of family cruising experience, exponentially more full time cruising experience than Bob( alias Smackdaddy) has ever come even remotely close to having. Bobsmack has simply not enough practical hands on experience to be capable of designing practicality and function into a boat. So he only designs appearance as that is all he is capable of understanding with so little ( ZERO) long term cruising experince.
There is another great article in the July 2014 issue of Pacific Yachting about a Beneteau experience , on a voyage from New Zealand to Tahiti, in which the boat starts breaking up, the hull starts separating from the deck, a common experience in plastic boats, something which never happens on small steel sailboats. All the hatches leak, as do the new ports. The boat naturally starts taking on more water than the pumps can keep up with, so he is forced to abandon her, a boat which he concludes has little value, and is not worth saving. Had he had a steel boat , with proper hatches and ports ( half inch plexi bolted on with a 1 1/2 inch overlap, doesn't leak or break) his structural and leak problems would have not happened. Having a fabricating shop weld up aluminium hatches gets you a much safer hatch than anything the ship swindlers are selling.
Paul, on Opus , who has been cruising his 36 ft brentboat around the South Pacific since the 90's has seen a lot of boats go on the reefs. He said, on the origamiboats site, that a Hunter is so badly built, that they actually make a Benteau look good, by comparison.
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"
Last edited by Brent Swain; 07-04-2014 at 08:44 PM.