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Re: Why buy a steel hulled sailboat?
Let it pound on a coral reef for a couple of hours, steel will explain its own worth to you. Oh, wait, you're not in Polynesia...
Let your boat stay in the water in Boston or NY and get caught in a cold winter (in 1776 they walked and ran wagons from Brooklyn to Staten Island, no bridges needed) and steel will justify itself.
Or let some drunk t-bone you in the marina, and steel will explain itself.
Now, on the downside, yes, it does require different maintenance and since every hull is a "one off" it can be more costly, and heavy, until you hit vaguely the 40' OAL point. Steel is more vulnerable to maintenance issues, like poor priming, poor painting, electrolysis, cold sweating if no insulation, rusting if wrong insulation...but then again, steel is also fireproof and doesn't suffer from blistering.
Horses for courses.