Originally Posted by Dulls
I think when you come down to it a good boat is a good boat......
If you can find a top 10% professionally built steel - beautiful, strong, sea kindly. Some beautiful examples posted above. Problem is these boats are far and few between.
Even a top 10% pro built Ferro
Cement (notably Kiwi built in the 70's & 80's) are excellent from this much maligned building material; but they are very hard to find.
Pro built Aluminium? How much money
do you have?? And even harder to find!
Well built wooden boat? Beautiful but high maintenance
. And really, a category all on their own - hence the many wooden boat show
fairs around the world.
Finally, a good solid professionally built GRP boat - they are everywhere around the world by the hundreds of thousands. A buyer's smorgasbord.....
But Dulls nailed it - a good boat is a good boat. They all have pros & cons and it often comes down to (subjective) personal preference.
If you have your heart set on steel and can find one like Dull's or some of the other posters beautiful pro built examples, go for it! But steer clear of the other 90% rubbish, rusting, heavy steel hulks for sale
My last yacht was a 43' Dufour
GRP monocoque with very little timber inside or out (unvarnished teak
toe rail was about it). Monocoque was thick, well laid and very strong. Very little maintenance! I love pretty, nicely painted/varnished boats but I prefer to sail, enjoy the local culture, enjoy camaraderie with fellow cruisers, swim, snorkel & enjoy the cruising life. Grinding, sanding
, varnishing, painting are not my idea of fun and not what I set out to experience when world cruising, except for annual haul out
That's why I will always own a well built plastic boat with little to no bright work - and a white one to boot. Less maintenance
and more fun!