Boatman61 got it pretty much right on the money
although I really wasn't thinking about the capsize danger
. Additionally there are 16 zillion people out there (exactly 16 zillion I counted) who can weld steel
, fix steel, paint
steel and do a pretty good job. There are 6 who can do all those things with aluminum
alloys and they are reputed to live under rocks in the black forest. Glass reinforced plastic can be made look beautiful by any moron who is not overcome by the toxic fumes and will function perfectly until the warranty expires or you are equal distant from either shore of an ocean whichever comes first. Unless you are there to supervise or yell at those poor sods who have been dragged in off the street to run the chopper guns
. Or you do it yourself (see note re toxic fumes)
From a slightly serious note. There are hundreds of really good boatyards
with lots of experience with steel that are crying for work, but as has been pointed out steel is heavy and that makes it less than ideal for multihull
purposes. However it is also my understanding that as the boat gets bigger the structural requirements of fiberglass
also make it relatively heavier per foot and all that entails. Same with aluminum
alloys and if there are any weld points at or near flexion points one can be in a world of hurt.
By the way thanks Tenchicki and Maxingout for the name Canvas
back. I have been wondering for years what happened to her but I thought the name was leatherback as in the turtle.
FSmith I assume if you knew/remembered the name of the Ausie couple you would have mentioned it, but if it comes to you or you hear of them again I would appreciate a note.
I am not likely to run out and start buying
steel any time soon but think about how sweet it would be to weld on a stanchion and not have to worry about reinforcing anything and not getting fibers in your beard, xylene on your hands and plastic dust in your lungs. Now before everyone jumps on me I know there is the rust thing, and the condensation
, and the noise
and all the other issues but in these trying times it might be worth a thought. Maybe not two thoughts but at least one.
Actually what I really want is a 60 foot cat made from spun carbon nanotubules in a matrix of spider silk proteins that will come from genetically modified goats milk. That will solve all the problems except of course the cost which is what got me here in the first place. Sigh