It has been my ambition to do a trip to Greenland
. I had hoped to do it last year but it did not work out. Perhaps this year. I have a Ted Brewer designed Murray 33 cutter
with hard chine laying in Bonavista, Newfoundland
so she is in the right spot to make the jump. Last summer we came across a French purpose built arctic expedition aluminum cutter
in Bonavista. Nice but rugged looking. All the safety
lines were welded pipe.
From your original post I get the idea you are looking for a "production" boat. That will be very difficlut as there are just so few.
Also aluminum boats are just much more expensive than steel, so that becomes another limitation. I understand you want to sell the boat later and want it to retain it's resale value Thus your preference for aluminium??? The other rationalization is that you can buy more boat in steel or spend less for the same boat and thus have less at risk. Or loosing 20% on a $200,000 boat is the same as loosing $10% on a $400,000 boat.
That said, I would point you to looking at what Beth Leonard and Evans Starzanger did. S/V Hawk
This is a boat, purpose built for high latitude sailing. Perhaps if you use that as a model you would do well.
Hawk is a high performance and low maintenance
:....Van De Stadt
:.... Topper Hermanson and Evans & Beth 1997
Type: Fractional Sloop LOA
:....47' LWL:....39'6" Beam:....14'9" Ballast:....14,000 lbs. Displacement
:....30,000 lbs. (dry & empty) Draft
:....2.1m SA (sq.ft.):....1,300
Another good source of material is: Mahina Expedition - Selecting A Boat for Offshore Cruising
I do think you can find suitable vessels in either material.
Last year we went to closing on a custom built aluminum but only to walk away after the survey
principally due to weld quality in the construction. I looked at several aluminum boats and found them all similar in weld quantity and quality and different from the boat in question. We ended up buying
a steel boat for considerably less money
and a new engine
. I could find a lot of alloy boats, but none we could afford. Having bought the boat we discovered the hull
had been flame sprayed with aluminum. So we now have two steel boats, the Murray 33 and a Pape 44. Both cutters. Silly, but it is where we are in life.
All that being said, there was a guy who sailed a 34' (I think) wood Bristol Channel Cutter, through the NW passage
two years ago. His crew were his wife and two early teen daughters.
Since you got me wasting some time:
Glory of the Sea 50' al: http://sailboat-for-sale.periple.com/
Seal 56' al: http://www.expeditionsail.com/contac...lboat-seal.htm
Mona Lisa 61': http://www.yachtmonalisa.com/
Morgans Cloud: http://www.morganscloud.com/about/morgans-cloud/