Two things you said in your earlier post I can't agree with.
One, you said a steel
boat is more work, more work that what, for years I owned wooden boats and they make my steel
boat look like child's play. My steel boat was first launched in 2002 and for all intent and purpose it is still like new. If the boat is sand blasted to white metal and covered with the right coatings and insulated with closed cell foam it should reguire very little work. I have one problem area that is being correct as I write this and that is the very top edge on the bullwork that was not coated correctly when first painted. Sharp edges do not like paint
. Round the edge and the coatings will do their work.
Two, you said (in so many words) that the boats are not as good looking as there fiberglass
counterparts. Not so take a look at Graham Radford Yacht designs web site at look at his designs. When seen in real life you could not tell that my Radford 450 was not Glass when in fact she is steel. Total fair with a round hull
, no chines, no flat spots. The boat not only looks good but sails
right along with other 45' cruising boats not giving up and inch and passing many. She is stiff in a 35 knot
breeze and dry as a bone. Looks are in the eyes of the beholder and I always sailed very traditional wood boats so the Radford did take some getting used to but for someone used to today's designs she is right up there.
Thanks for listening