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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
After 4 1/2 months of pounbing on an open ocean coral reef "Nuthin Wong" is off and floating with no leaks . Most of her gear has been returned or replaced. She has been cleaned up and repainted. Clive would sell her for $30K , then spend the money on a smaller origami boat.
I have never claimed that an origami boat could survive any grounding, just that many have ( read 'Around the world on Viski" by Don Shore) making your odds of surviving such a grounding exponentially greater.
A slight variation of the deck shape makes for variations in the sheer line on any origami boat, without changing the underwater shape much. I think Benteau, Hunter and Jeneau could greatly benefit by hiring Bob to get the uglieness out of their boats. He has the eye for shape, which their designers definitely don't.
My hatches are definitely far easier to use than the sliding hatch contraptions, which you have to disassemble and reassemble every time you go thru them in bad weather. Sliding hatches are definitely a throw back , grossly outdated . Van de Stadt gave them up long ago, as have the round the world racers. Try sell a house who's only access is thru such a contraption as a sliding hatch and drop boards! They would be partially justified, if they were more watertight, but they are the opposite , impossible to get watertight . A once piece door is as watertight as the lid on a pressure cooker, and far easier to use that a sliding hatch . The trick is to give the back of the wheelhouse a 25 degree slope.
One couple on one of my 31 footers tried sliding hatch and drop boards. After many close scrapes almost suffering serious injury from the contraption, going from BC to California, they switched back to a door, and then sailed on to England.
When I asked the owner of the alminium boat( Carmella) who the designer was, he said "Bob Perry " I didn't ask him for proof.
Last edited by Brent Swain; 08-23-2013 at 07:26 PM.