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Old 14-11-2014, 09:03   #31
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Re: Stainless Steel Monohull 39

I think if I was in any way interested in a metal hull that wasn't steel or aluminium instead of stainless I would go with titanium. Sure it would be more expensive, but it would also last forever.

It would require a carbon mast instead of aluminium, and titanium fittings, but at this point what's a few more bucks.

It was done at least once, and the University of New Orleans is doing a lot of research into friction welding titanium plate for the USN. So it may actually be getting close to practical.


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Old 14-11-2014, 09:10   #32
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Re: Stainless Steel Monohull 39

Yeah, Ti would be wonderful.... however at ... what? $20 a lb for Ti, a 20000 lb boat (35 ft?) would cost $400k in hull/deck material alone. Figure maybe 5 times that for building cost... so that 35 footer is likely about 2.0- 2.5 million or so....

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