ferro cement boat - SailNet Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 Old 09-10-2003 Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 2
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
ferro cement boat

can anyone say anything good about a ferro cement sail boat??? tks GBA
annemminix is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 Old 09-11-2003
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 155
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 15
ferro cement boat

Yeah. I don''t have one. And one hasn''t hit me recently.
mcain is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 4 Old 09-11-2003
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2001
Posts: 137
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 17
ferro cement boat

They make wonderful artificial reefs. If interested in buying one there are plenty awaiting finishing touches in backyards in Southern California.
SHIMSHON is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 4 Old 09-15-2003
Junior Member
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 7
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
ferro cement boat

Yes- ferro boats are cheap.

But frankly the sort of responses you have been getting to date are how they are typically regarded. I have never sailed one but have spoken to plenty of people who do and I have to say they seem happy enough with them. When I asked one ownere (who incidentally had just sailed thousands of miles) if he had ever holed it (expecting that it would disintegrate even under modest impact in comic book proportions) I was told that when he had been unfortunate enough to hole it the hole went straight through and only impacted locally meaning that it did not leave stress fractures throughout the boat as one might expect with something so potentially brittle.

The fact is though that there are a number of them that have sailed the seas for a long time. Hartley in New Zealand designed a whole host of them.

If you just want to get out on the water then by all means give a ferro a try. It won''t break any records and if you are only out there to cruise who cares. Provided it doesn''t leak and gives you what you want that is all that matters. They are cheap enough because of the public prejudice but at the other end when you go to sell you''ll probably drop a lot of cash too.

People being what they are therefore tend to avoid them like the plague. They are often built by amateurs and unlike steel boats which often built the same way the workmanship on ferro boats is hard to detect and more expensive to fix.

So if you have been getting advice along those lines maybe you should heed it. Long term if you are really intent on sailing then rock boats as they are sometimes referred to are not for you.

Go smaller if there is a problem with cash and go safe by buying a well recognised production hull if you can get it.

Hey and if that doesn''t convince you then hell just buy a ferro boat anyway. Sometimes we are all too conservative for our own good!

cptnoz is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Re-naming the boat pirateofcapeann General Discussion (sailing related) 130 01-07-2014 11:14 AM
New name (I know, I know) owlmtn Boat Review and Purchase Forum 13 12-13-2009 07:46 PM
What can you tell from the numbers? brazilnut Boat Review and Purchase Forum 10 07-01-2009 04:09 PM
Ferro cement dshearn Boat Review and Purchase Forum 15 02-28-2008 08:02 PM
buying first boat jerrycooper14 Boat Review and Purchase Forum 21 04-23-2002 02:15 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome