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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
To my eye and mind, not that my mind is of any shape or form......
We need to look at from a design standpoint, and it may have been brought up many pages and posts back, as to the intent of the end user of a given boat. It may be strong enough, as pointed out re Frankie, my 28' on deck Jeanneau designed to a post fastnet ior half ton rating is also capable of going offshore etc. The question becomes, like my boat, is 20 gals of water, 7 gals of fuel enough to truly cross an ocean etc.
I know of a 74' motor cat that left Port Angelas after getting built here, now in or somewhere between PA and Panama where it will be a passenger ferry. THe 200 gals of fuel is fine for the intended usage, but the builder had to put another 200-400 in 50 gal drums to make it down the Wa to California coast to San Fransisco which is its first stop, filling the tank as it goes....not something I would find to fun.......but it will get to the final destination at some point in time.
I'm sure in the case of all three boats I have mentioned, ALL could cross an ocean per say just fine, with some appropriate mods. In the meantime, I am positive all the end users are happy with there boats.
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