Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Quadra Island
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
[QUOTE=Panope;2061641]I hear ya on the safety while the boat is on the hard. I think if I had a boat with no lifelines I would at least have a provision for temporary solid lines when hauled out.
The first years of my project were accomplished with the boat parked on my lawn. The grass at least looked nice and soft. When I moved to my current home, the boat ended up on a concrete slab so adding lifelines became a priority.
I wonder if you noticed a change in the way your boat "feels" on deck. On Panope, the addition of the tall, solid lifelines made the deck space appear larger - especially the foredeck. I am not sure what is driving this illusion but more than one person who came aboard (after the lifelines were installed) had a similar finding.
I have found the solid lines to be very useful for mounting various items like cleats, seats, liferings etc...
Here are some shots of my set up. I post the photos of my aluminum work with the assumption that most of this stuff could be executed in steel or SS just as easily.
I tottally agree.
boat feels way biger on deck.
Its a great thing.
I was on a roberts the other day with those little trip lines, and heavily cambered decks, inboard rig, what a nightmare to move around on, even at anchor... Just plain silly.