I have a 33' steel boat, a Murray 33 designed by Ted Brewer. There is at least one on the market (yachtworld) now for $39,000 US, been out there for over a year so I think you could do quite well on that. It was owner finished so it will be "different" down below. BTW, I keep my boat in Newfoundland
, and it has foamed urethane down to the waterline. I added an Espar heater after the second year as the little kero bulkhead heater would not dry the boat sufficiently.
Also, when I bought my boat I bought a set of "owners plans" from Ted. It is enough to see how the boat is built and understand the boat but not all the build details. I find value in that.
I can't compare boats because I have only ever sailed on my boat. But I can get around in it OK and while I do have to keep after the metal I don't find it onerous.
We are now in the process of buying
a second boat. In our search we limited our picks to three boats, two steel and one aluminum
. We then we hired Ted Brewer to give us advice. Ted will talk to you for a "reasonable" amount of time for $300. As he designs for glass, wood, steel, and aluminum
he is comfortable with all mediums and is quite clear in his reasoning. I found it money
Here are specific answers:
Could a fiberglass boat make a trip to Antarctica?
I think you will find that while wood and glass boats have done it the "regulars" usually use Aluminum. Google
"Morgans Cloud" and "Beth Leonard." There is another charter
guy with a swing keel
aluminum boat out of Ushuaia but I can't recall
Are steel boats really that much slower under sail?
My Wife's favorite question. I can't answer because it depends. As said above under a certain size (~40) steel gets heavy and glass will have an advantage. In light air a glass boat has clear advantages. As wind
and wave build those advantages go away. A lay person can't evaluate this, you need experienced assistance.
Which is generally more expensive to buy?
There are far, far more glass boats available and thus you have the chance to get a "steal." But steel is generally cheaper and there are some real sweet steel boats on the market. US pricing seems better than European.