Originally Posted by Fore and Aft
Lucky Luke 1 that all sounds good, but the average amateur is not going to weld a plate into a hull. That is a serious skill set. Yet most hacks can wield a grinder and mix a bit of epoxy to repair osmosis.
I have seen a few sailors financially crippled when their steely has been slipped and she urgently needs to be sand blasted and painted.
I'm probably a little less concerned about wielding than some as my next door neighbor teachers wielding at Tafe and one of my best mates is a structural welder by trade
. Also when i've paid to have wielding work
done by professionals it was always inexpensive.
I dare say that if someone is going broke from a sand blast and paint
they should not be sailing and its something that anyone can do themselves. Was watching a you tube yesterday of a fiber glass boat that grounded its keel and the repair is a HUGE job.
and of cause there are some horror stories of delamination
and even decks that have come away from the hull.
I dare say there are horror stories of any hull type. Did you see the deck come away from the hull on the catamaran
Parlay revival? Scary stuff.
Originally Posted by daletournier
If only it was that simple, keep in mind rust never sleeps. The problem with old steel boats particularly in the lower price
range is that they are old steel boats, sometimes you can get a boat for free and you paid to much!
Not trying to turn you off your dream, I encourage you to go for it. I started of where you are and since then gone a tonne of cruising and been around alot of boats, Trust me , you dont need steel and full keel, your inexperience doesn't know this.
Find a good condition fiberglass boat and listen to people like fore and aft.
True as, I'm just learning
but there seems to be pros and cons of all the materials and what someone owns often becomes whats best, which it may be for them but maybe not for someone else. I know my local marina is mainly steel. But then it is on Bass straight and Tasmania seems to be a rough place to boat. Some huge trees in the water
on the west coast
. Most of the high end sport fishing
boats here are Aluminium.
Ive owned a cuddy cabin
in fiberglass and ended up spending some time and money
fixing transoms and floor rot
in that. My aluminium tinny just gets treated terribly and costs $0..lol
Just judging by this forum there are allot of people who prefer steel over glass and aluminum over booth. Not all boats fit everyone seems to be the mantra.
keep in mind Australian steel is decent steel.
Was a Bruce Roberts advertised not long ago in Corten steel built by a shipyard, think it was in Western Australia. Miner with money