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Old 01-07-2010, 06:50   #1
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Hello eveybody,

I have used and read this board so much it is time i register. We are curently finishing a 45 steel-stainless sailboat to cruise around the world in 2012. I have about 15 years of water experience in racing, coastal cruising and auxilliary coast guard captain.

I'd like to met people with eyes that look toward the horizon.

(sorry for my limited english, i am from a french province = Quebec up north of USA)

Happy cruising and best winds,

André

Link to the boatbuilding website if anyone has the interest or curiosity (in french though)
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Old 01-07-2010, 07:55   #2
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, André.

Nice website!
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Old 01-07-2010, 07:58   #3
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Hello André,

Welcome to the forum. Your English is just fine and you have no need to apologize. Just don't ask me to reply to you in French.

Building a boat from stainless steel sounds very interesting. I looked at your website and learned a little about your project but regret my French is very limited and my technical French does not exist.

Would love to hear more details of the design and construction. For example, what type stainless are you using? Will you use the same alloy throughout the boat? Will you paint the hull or leave bare? How will you deal with passivation of such a large structure?

Maybe that's enough for now.

Good luck in your project and we look forward to seeing on the water.

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Old 01-07-2010, 08:07   #4
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Hi and welcome.

"(sorry for my limited english, i am from a french province = Quebec up north of USA)"

Many regard those south of Quebec to have limited English too.

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Bonjour André,

Welcome aboard and good luck in your project.

I grew up in Quebec (Aylmer) and lived in Ottawa until last week when I flew down to my boat in the Bahamas.

I am in the process of getting it ship shape for a crossing to Florida and up to the Chesapeake Bay for the rest of the Hurricane season.

I hope to meet you out here some time in the future.

Bonne fête du Canada
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Welcome. Wow, stainless.

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Hello André,

Welcome to the forum. Your English is just fine and you have no need to apologize. Just don't ask me to reply to you in French.

Building a boat from stainless steel sounds very interesting. I looked at your website and learned a little about your project but regret my French is very limited and my technical French does not exist.

Would love to hear more details of the design and construction. For example, what type stainless are you using? Will you use the same alloy throughout the boat? Will you paint the hull or leave bare? How will you deal with passivation of such a large structure?

Maybe that's enough for now.

Good luck in your project and we look forward to seeing on the water.

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Hello,

The hull is in steel (standard cold rolled) but the deck, cockpit and almost everything else is in 304 (18-8). Hand rails and acessory are in 316 though unpainted. The 304 is to be painted so passivation is not an issue.

I did the deck in 304 because i am lazy . I didn't want to spend weeks collecting the sand so i sandblasted while the boat was upside down without the deck... and now i just need to sand the hull-deck joint from the inside but this will be fast and simple. Then after there will be no maintenance or ugly rust on the deck.

This is a Chatam 43 designed from a french architect named Gilbert Caroff. In the 1980s the French yards experimented with all stainless boat but they soon discover that there are corrosion issues when stainless is under water - even 316. Building in steel is easy, steel is very forgiving (versus aluminium) and stainless is so easy to weld i prefer welding on stainless than steel !

I hope to start the interior by august and be ready for water trials next spring and maybe get onboard the ARC Circumnavigation rally in time for 2012

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Old 01-07-2010, 15:16   #8
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Thanks everybody for your warm welcome. I'm here to help in my prefered subjects; computers, mechanic, boatbuilding and metal works.

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Old 02-07-2010, 05:50   #9
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"This is a Chatam 43 designed from a french architect named Gilbert Caroff."

Hi I found a 1978 43ft Steel Yacht (Double Chine) hull that I’m thinking to buy from the same French architect named Gilbert Caroff but I don’t know what design the boats is. I checked the designer on the internet and he seems to be famous for designing boats for polar expeditions. I will post a picture if anyone has any idea of the boat.
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"This is a Chatam 43 designed from a french architect named Gilbert Caroff."

Hi and welcome to the forum. Like you I been reading the forum for some time but I just register as well.
I found a 1978 43ft Steel Yacht (Double Chine) hull that I’m thinking to buy from the same French architect named Gilbert Caroff but I don’t know what design the boats is. I checked the designer on the internet and he seems to be famous for designing boats for polar expeditions. I will post a picture if anyone has any idea.
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Hi the Chatam 43 is a triple chines with flat bottom. This is an earlier design, i would need a lateral view showing the hull line and the location of the roof to fully identify. Could be an "Ile Disko" or a "super Disko" model.
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Old 02-07-2010, 12:32   #12
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Hi I'm posting some more pictures hopefully I get to know this design so I can buy this steel boat as a project boat.

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Aloha and welcome aboard!
Your boatbuilding project is very interesting. I look forward to your progress.
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