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In many ways, I understand what you are saying and your sense of a disconnect between the argument for plank on frame, vs the reality of wht is implied, and frankly if I were building a large custom cruising boat, cold-molded costruction is near the very top of my list and plank on frame near the bottom. That said, I also understand the justification of plank on frme supporters regarding a boat builing technique which purposely allows discrete repair and replacement.
The decision on a specific hull material and method of construction, like so many aspects of boat design, is a balance of its strengths and liabilities, as well as the personal preferences of the designer and builder.
As it turns out, it would appear that the OP was serious that he intends to build from a Monel skin with Stainless steel framing. Frankly, that seems ill-conceived as this is an much heavier boat building method so the boat will end up with some combination of less stability, greater displacement, less strength, or less carrying capacity.
And frankly the likelihood of getting built sounds even less feasible than it did in wood since this is a wildly more expensive builing method, one that I seriously doubt could be constructed within the million dollar budget proposed, and which will likely be a very different behaving boat than the one designed by Atkins nearly 80 years ago.
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