Originally Posted by David M
Aluminum sailing vessels have a bad reputation because of all the amateur backyard builders who have built sketchy aluminum sailboats.
Talk about blanket statements!
Several years ago, 1997(?), I was inspecting a 95' trawler
yacht being constructed at one of my father's client companies. In one hull
weld we found a gas pocket of about 1.5" with a width almost as much as the bead width, yet, from visual observation, the weld looked good. The company had much experience in aluminum marine
vessel fabrication & I knew, or later worked with, the welders & fitters on this yacht. It is very easy for a weld in Al to be contaminated.
I would suggest not using a surveyor
- unless you can find one that knows
metal boat fabrication. Rather, I'd suggest finding someone who is experienced in welding & fabricating Al marine
vessels & hiring him/her to inspect the boat, prior to having an over-all survey
of the boat. A well-built Aluminum sailboat is a great thing, but, like every hull
material, it does have it's own issues. If you buy it, make sure that everyone who steps onboard puts their loose change in a jar, so you don't end up with a penny finding it's way into your hull.