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Old 15-06-2013, 07:50   #1
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Hull Material

What would be better, steel or fiberglass or etc.? Any suggestions on what hull material to use if I plan on using it in saltwater for traversing the North Atlantic?

And what would be ideal rigging and sailboat type for such a voyage? cataraman, Ketch, sloop, etc.? Any suggestions? Thanks.

This trip would be from the east coast to agra do heroismo.
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Old 15-06-2013, 08:26   #2
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Re: Hull Material

Each rig, and each hull material has both advantages and disadvantages, and each has people who swear by them, or hate them. There has been years of discussions about the pros and cons of each on the board, and you might find more information using the search function to look up previous threads.
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My choice? Fiberglass, cutter rig, but you can reach Azores in almost any boat, steel, alu, catamaran, ketch, etc...
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Each rig, and each hull material has both advantages and disadvantages, and each has people who swear by them, or hate them. There has been years of discussions about the pros and cons of each on the board, and you might find more information using the search function to look up previous threads.
Pretty much sums it up. The issue has been discussed many times on this forum and doubtful there is anything new to add to the subject.

Just go to the search function for the forum up at the top of the screen and you will find these just to start:

Fiberglass vs Steel Hulls

Steel vs Fiberglass

Metal Hull vs Fiberglass

Wood, Steel, Fiberglass . . .

Basic Pros and Cons of Various Hull Materials . . .

Hull material

Boat Poll II - Hull Material

Ferro Cement Hull Sailboats ?

Ferro Cement Hulls ?

At least a dozen more previous threads on the subject but this should be enough to start you off.
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What would be better, steel or fiberglass or etc.? Any suggestions on what hull material to use if I plan on using it in saltwater for traversing the North Atlantic?

And what would be ideal rigging and sailboat type for such a voyage? cataraman, Ketch, sloop, etc.? Any suggestions? Thanks.

This trip would be from the east coast to agra do heroismo.
What type of rig?
This would be a good starting place:
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Old 15-06-2013, 13:58   #6
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Really? You're going to just try to ask the same question in a different way? I guess you didn't like the answers you got in the other thread. If you don't like the answers you get here, will you choose to ignore them, also, and start yet one MORE thread?
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Re: Hull Material

Fiberglass doesn't rust or rot. When properly laid up and sufficiently robust, it's incredibly strong (my 1970s era glass hull withstood repeated pounding from a very large, very heavy steel hulled houseboat in a gale --- hardly a scratch). It's pretty cheap. An amateur with no special skills can repair it.

And it lasts forever.

Look around. How many 30 year old wood or steel boats do you see?
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But you can always go for the "un-usual"..
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Sneuman, please come up to Maine some time, we can cruise around looking at thousands upon thousands of wooden boats over 30 years old, and then we can cruise around looking at ones from the 18th century that have been work boats most of their lives if that doesn't blow your mind. . Most of what you say about glass is true, though, the "forever" has yet to be proven....
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Thanks for the advice guys, i know there was a lot on fiberglass and steel, but i was having a hard time choosing what was best, but go figure, everyone has their personal favorite. Ill go with fiberglass though seeing im only going as far as azores, thanks neil,
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