Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
I can certainly see the safety advantage of steel. I've seen enough nasty floating stuff to make that obvious. The other advantage (to me) is that you're not dealing with all the problems that can be encountered and equipment needed in FRP layup, from having moulds to vacuum bagging, to getting the chemical mix and timing of layering right. For a DIY boat builder, welding steel together seems more do-able, much akin to wood boat building. A good welder and a cutting torch and you're in business. If I were going to build a sailboat from scratch, I would definitely consider steel (or aluminum).
Is the hard chine really an issue. I would think that steel can be fit very similar to wood planking. With some good templates and the right cutting equipment for making long, exact cuts, why would a hard chine be necessary? Brent?
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