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|11-24-2009 09:32 PM|
Originally Posted by erps View Post
Take a look at the Yahoo! Origami boats newsgroup. A VERY clever way to build a metal boat. I sailed on a 36 footer in steel out in Seattle. Sailed upwind like it was on rails, almost no effort to steer.
Gary H. Lucas
|11-21-2009 10:04 AM|
I will keep a close eye on you page it would be great to see photos of her inside and during construction, What sort of Diesel stove do you have? Where are you sailing at the moment?
|11-20-2009 09:33 PM|
|Craig Smith||Cheers, still working on that page, there are photos of construction etc to come. Keep an eye out.|
|11-20-2009 01:30 PM|
Love you website, your boat is truely fantastic!!!!!!!!!, the time, thought, detail, energy that you have put into her is unreal.
|11-20-2009 12:06 PM|
If you're out cruising most of the time, then aluminum is a pretty good choice...however, steel is far simpler to repair in remote areas, as aluminum is a more difficult material to weld.
for boats that spend a lot of time in the marina, it isn't a good choice due to risks of serious hull damage in relatively short periods of time due to stray current issues.
|11-20-2009 07:09 AM|
|mintcakekeith||Expedition Sail have a look at this website.re Seal.|
|11-20-2009 06:57 AM|
Originally Posted by whigmaleerie View Post
|11-19-2009 08:41 PM|
Were I to win a lottery, aluminum would be my first choice, followed by epoxy cold molded construction. Maintenance of aluminum is virtually as low as it gets, especially if the topsides are bare. Strength is best of all materials, allowing for the aluminum hull to be thicker than steel for less weight. Layout is flexible as bulkheads are not in as fixed locations as fibreglass. Watertight bulkheads are not a problem to build in. Steve Dashew's designs have a large forepeak for sails and anchor gear separated by a watertight bulkhead and only accessible from on deck, and the same at the stern for the engine compartment, leaving the middle untainted by either. Probably the most unique reason is the bilge should be truly dusty and dry. There are no holes required on deck for any attachment and that's a huge plus. Ac and dc systems require care, but that's a small price to pay. The French love aluminum, a lot of them having multi chine construction and several with lifting keels. In the early 90's I was given a tour of Beowolf, the Dashew's 67' ketch when they stopped in Victoria on the way back from Alaska - bare aluminum outside, very finely crafted woodwork inside, and capable of going anywhere.
|11-19-2009 06:10 PM|
The low maintenance boat...a beautiful dream . I found this article on metal boats that is a little interesting:
Good Old Boat - Is there a metal yacht in your future? article
Doing a quick search on Al hulls on yachtworld seems to indicate that most of them are overseas, but there are a great number of them out there. Just have to be willing to sail them home.... The prices seem like a bit of a premium, so I guess that's a sign that they hold their value well, perhaps?
Of course, it's only wood hulls for me
|11-19-2009 03:51 PM|
I still think it's a strong and fairly durable material, but if I were in the market for an aluminum boat, I would explore their repairability with someone who welds the material.
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