of all sorry for late reply - had a 17 hour working day today. pretty exhausted. thank you very much for all the input and all references
. this website is absolutely amazing - so much knowledge. to give answers to a few "topics": regarding paint - i absolutely don't care whether it's painted or not and i would never paint aluminium in first place. function first. i also had the idea to directly approach designers (examples: de stadt, djikstra, kanter, waterline etc.) and ask them for good builders, but i guess i'm a bit shy to directly ask them
. don't you think they will charge me a fortune for even the slightest advice and just laugh at my question? and yes, it is absolutely true to think deeper about the chances of hitting something so hard that would crush alloy to pieces - i'm not denying the fact that it might happen, but cost - benefit trade-off...hmm. as for my cruising ideas i would start slowly in and around australia
(love oz so much) and then work on my skills and see how we go. when you were talking about possible dangers leaving an alloy boat unattended in a marina for a "longer" time period. what do you consider "long(er)" - i'm asking this question, due to the following reason: my partner and i would primarily work in "civilized" marinas
in cities as my partner is a journalist and i'm a prof. tennis teacher + translator + could do various jobs in say: hotels (a lot of them require tennis coaches for seasons). so we would stay in a marina for a few months, work our arses off, save up and then move on, cruising, then stop again, work etc. always moving with the seasons. i am very happy that we have a general conversation about alloy-steel etc. and i'm following it with great interest. i apologise for any grammar/spelling errors - english
is not my native language. have a good day everyone.
ps: i'm just reading tristan jones's "the incredible voyage" and this book is absolutely mind blowing.