No one should be allowed to comment on the pros/cons of aluminum or steel unless they have built it, sailed it, repaired it and refit
I had 8 large FG boats over a 30 year period- cored deck repairs
, gel coat and glass repairs
bolt problems, chain plate
issues...... And singlehanding
at night in a FG boat is like sailing blind with respect to floating objects....
Finally bought an aluminum boat against everyones advice
, and would not sail anything else!!!!
Yes, you need to keep good zincs on it.
Yes, keep a stock of delrin and nylon washers on hand.
Yes, Tef-Gel and Boat life caulk become new best friends.
Better keep that diesel fuel
clean, as water
in the fuel
will eat right through those aluminum fuel tanks
Pay attention to those coatings!!!! We have a painted boat and it required sand blasting and recoating during refit
. It was 12 years old at the time of refit, and needed a few areas of plate replaced. Cut it out, weld in new piece, grind and fair, then paint
. The fiberglass
guys in the yard were jealous..... quick, easy, cheaper and less painful than FG work
Also has a large watertight compartment foward... no longer wonder what is floating ahead on a dark night....
is integral to the hull- never wonder how those keel boats are corroding.
Chain plates are welded to the ribs of the hull- never have a rig failure below deck due to corroded chain plates....
Not to mention that the hull
to deck joint is welded..... no leaks
Sail her in a blow (60 knots) and she is as quiet as a church down below- no creaking, working or leaks
in this hull
Got a great deal on her, because everyone is afraid of aluminum.....
"There be dragons in those aluminum bilges"..... mine only have provisions and the occasional cobweb....