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Re: Have you ever hit a shipping container?
I have often T-boned moored log booms at hull speed. The easiest way to tie up to them.No worries. Some steel hulls have only 1/8th inch hull plate, and lots of framing, which makes it much easier to tear a hole in them. Many like Foulkes and Fehr hulls are welded one side only, often the outsider,with most of the weld ground off to make it look pretty. Many are painted outside only with zero paint inside, which rusts thru quite rapidly. I prefer frameless 3/16th plate, well epoxied inside. My boats have hit barges, including the corner, at hull speed, with zero damage
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"