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Hi there sailing enthusiasts!
I am looking for a boat, preferably a steel construction, that may take me safely and comfortably to any corner of our big world. I would now like to ask you; what are some nice, good quality steel boats you know? In the 40' range, and would love a ketch! This is, though, not a demand. Of course, the Joshua, but there must be others that are similar? And if there are aluminium boats that you think of, I would love to hear about them too!
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Re: Steel boats?

What is your budget and which coast are you on? And are you familiar with steel boat maintenance? One season of neglect can seriously deteriorate steel boat condition.
There are several Bruce Roberts boats that size that are somewhat common among steel boats.

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Re: Steel boats?

The Nordic countries have a particular fondness for steel hulls, so take a look at pretty much anything coming out of Scandinavia and its environs. Personally you couldn't give me a steel hull, I don't want the maintenance headache.

Maybe, just maybe if I were headed somewhere with ice flows, but even then I wouldn't prefer aluminium.

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Maybe, just maybe if I were headed somewhere with ice flows, but even then I wouldn't prefer aluminium.
Blah, not me, I hate aluminum boats in ice. I know a lot of passage making expedition boats are aluminum for speed, but I have found aluminum boats in any kind of hard ice are brutal. The lack of ductility always seems to lead to bone rattling, noisy rides and lots of damage. Better than fibreglass, but for serious ice work, give me steel.

OP: Most steel sailboats I've encountered have been custom jobs, or even home built. I think personal preference plays a huge factor in this sort of thing. If I was looking for a used steel boat, I'm not sure I'd look for any particular brand names, I would assess each boat individually based on their individual merits and features.

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Bénéteau is not the only boatbuilder in France. Have a look at these guys: https://www.alubat.fr/bateaux
If you don't speak French, try here: https://www.alubat.com/
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Tough and slow. Good for ice. There is a good youtube video on a couple that are able to do most of their own steel hull mtce. work. Seems that sailors are some pretty handy folks. At least the ones who make youtube videos.

Considered a thread asking who your favorite youtube boat/sailor is. The Velos crew has a good gig going. He picks up girls at various ports and debarks them before they get "too confident". Seems like a smart guy.

There is the Norwegian viking named Eric Aanderaa or something. Pretty amazing guy, he does everything himself including flying his expensive drone off the boat in the North Sea in winter. The drone is not waterproof. That is confidence. Hope I never hear about the North Sea prevailing....one very tough area.

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He is Coast Guard by the way. Hope I never hear about the North Sea prevailing....one very tough area.
I could be mistaken, but I believe he is private industry Search and Rescue, in the offshore oil industry.

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You are probably right. In the comments section of a youtube video, someone called him a Coastie.

Talk about a guy looking like a Viking...thinks like one too:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/nobullsh...=page_internal


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Here is a Bruce Roberts with, apparently, a sound hull:

Bruce Roberts Steel Cutter Sailboat | eBay
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Re: Steel boats?

There's one newly for sale on Cruisers Forum;
Can't post links yet. It's a 40 ft Langedrag steel sloop 1989 45k
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