Van de Stadt has a good reputation for general build quality and design (decent sailing qualities). Roberts boats are more variable. Many of them are home-built, so materials and construction quality can be great or horrible - and anywhere in between. The concern with steel
in general: rust never sleeps. If you're diving
, however, steel's toughness and pliability can be a good thing when the boat
decides it wants to see the coral
up close too.