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Old 15-11-2019, 22:12   #1
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aluminum in the tropics

I'm looking for my first real sailboat,having only sailed hobies, lazers and such.
i do like the idea of aluminum as i understand it from my previous experience.
After locating several in SE Asia,I am hoping for input/guidance. 34 foot range as it is mainly the wife and I. Shoal draft and basic rigging as simple is better,and i don't intend to live aboard-mainly island hopping, coastal cruising around the central to northern Philippines. One of the boats is a Cat boat,which is not an issue to me as i need to take lessons anyway, and i tend to like oddball stuff anyway. The freestanding does intrigue me. just looking for any advice or warnings before i begin to spend more time traveling to look at boats.
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Re: aluminum in the tropics

Metal cruising boats are likely to be larger than 34’, as the density of the material often makes small boats too heavy to perform well. (Aluminum skiffs - tinnys- aren’t built to withstand ocean conditions, and heavier aluminum plate that will handle nasty weather is just that- heavier.) If you understand aluminum you will be aware of the constant problem of electrolysis.
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Metal cruising boats are likely to be larger than 34í, as the density of the material often makes small boats too heavy to perform well. (Aluminum skiffs - tinnys- arenít built to withstand ocean conditions, and heavier aluminum plate that will handle nasty weather is just that- heavier.) If you understand aluminum you will be aware of the constant problem of electrolysis.
Aware of most of the electrolysis issues, but it is mostly controllable as far as I can see. Having said that, I am not going to be looking at aluminum exclusively. I just have no clue about fibreglass. Go with the devil you know so to speak.
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Re: aluminum in the tropics

This thread may be about the Cat ketch you're looking at.

Cat ketch built along the lines of the Garry Hoyt 'Freedom 40'
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