Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 14-10-2010, 15:27   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: east bay california.
Boat: first a 8ft then a 10ft now a 14ft lido moving up and happy about it
Posts: 66
Hull Material and Designs Old Weather Cruising

hey guys. i have been reading over planes and information on several different boats. and was wondering what your thoughts are for decent cold weather boats. i am not looking to cruise the north west passage or anything crazy but to live in and work in Alaska in the winter and maybe cruise around in the winter. i have been looking at several of Bruce Roberts designs because i am looking to build my own. for the most part i have been looking at steel hulled boats with displacement or semi displacement hulls is there a certain hull design that makes it better to deal with the cold weather maybe some ice and snow.

in your opinion what materials deal with cold weather best. aluminum, steel or maybe fiberglass?.

my thoughts are metal because the design of a steel boat the hull deck and superstructure are one piece after it has been welded no seams for water to get in and expand. i am not looking to ram anything or even touch anything with the hull but my guess is that steel would best deal with an accidental hit or bump

i know that all hulls are insulated or should be but with a cold weather boat would you insulate more then a normal boat?

thank you guys for taking the time to read and answer my questions ill be posting a few more questions as i find my notes!


samson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-10-2010, 18:03   #2
Senior Cruiser

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: between the devil and the deep blue sea
Boat: a sailing boat
Posts: 17,316
that's probably it

barnakiel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-10-2010, 18:41   #3
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Wells, Vt
Boat: 42ft Colvin Gazelle - TLA HLA
Posts: 504
for mainanence, strength and longevity

(But perhaps this is a loaded question? sort of like mono hulls vs multis? Different strokes...)
ConradG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-10-2010, 22:24   #4
Eternal Member
wolfenzee's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Port Ludlow, WA (NW corner of Puget Sound)
Boat: 30' William Atkin cutter
Posts: 1,496
Send a message via ICQ to wolfenzee
There was a study done once by a structural engineer comparing all of the materials used to build boats: wood, fiberglass, steel, aluminum, carbon fiber, composite, etc.....and after everything was said and done the best materiel turned out to be wood....
My boat can best be described as composite, the builder over built the boat as a strip plank (Honduras mahogany strip plank, top nailed with 3" nails then screwed onto 2"x3" sawn paired (two 1 1/2" x 2")frames at 12" centers with a solid 3/8" cieling on the inside then and fiber glassed it on top of that. Which except for the fiberglass is the way they used to biult fishing boats in Alaska.
Though personally when it comes to ice I prefer steel and alot thicker than you would want for a boat the size of what you want.
wolfenzee is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hull material nylarlathotep General Sailing Forum 50 01-06-2015 12:57
Hull material in Catamarans freetime Multihull Sailboats 69 27-04-2009 07:31
6'4" and no headroom, OUCH ! Suitable 40' steel hull designs ? NZed Monohull Sailboats 5 25-11-2008 16:08
Hull material tolly Multihull Sailboats 7 22-10-2008 07:42

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:07.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.