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Old 20-12-2012, 07:01   #76
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Re: Steel over GRP !!!

You say the sweetest things.....

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Old 20-12-2012, 17:58   #77
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Hi guys!I own a Alan Pappe cruiser 38 steel cuter.Honestly i would prefer grp because I'm not much of a welder.Bigest
problem i saw was with rust in hard to reach places.Dont know what to do about it When i got the boat some of the deck gear bolts on the cabin top were leaking they are sealed now but i cant reach some of those places.Also there is a problem with condensation.I am a liveaboard so as soon as i start heating inside all the places that are not insulated are wet,On the plus side when I first hauled out i saw that previous owner bumped the keel somewhere and judging by the dent it was at full speed.Now if it was a grp boat im sure he would destroy the boat and i have only a dent in the keel(15mm steel plate)
I had a 38' Pape cutter - wonderful yacht. Homebuilt GRP but very well done - really hurt to sell it in Sydney to someone who lost it on an Indonesian reef. What a waste! Nothing to do with steel vs GRP cos it was really solid glass. Sigh....

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Old 23-12-2012, 11:14   #78
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Re: Steel over GRP !!!

Recently I read a skipper's online log, wherein he made mention of a freaky accident. Apparently, a prop blade had come loose, flying hard up against the hull. He noticed the loud noise, but discovered no obvious damage, and the boat continued on its way. Soon thereafter he noticed that the boat was being subjected to strong vibrations. He suspected the prop, went to check the damage, and determined what had happened. Later, he wrote in his log that it was fortunate that the boat had a steel hull. I'm sure this sort of thing happens rarely. For one thing, doesn't the prop blade have a thread direction/rotation that works against it's coming loose?

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