is for civil works, alu is excellent appart from electrolysis
, which can be avoided..steel is good, not noisy, maintenance
is a must, durable but heavy..cold moulded timber is excellent, light and strong..fibreglass ages and looses strenght..osmosis is a pain to fix..my choice is cold moulded timber..steel is second, fibreglas is ok but depends how well it was laid up..get a Rockwell test done and u will see what I am talking about..
I am a boat buider and owned a number of cruising boats, sailed a lot and repaired dozends of yachts..mostly fibreglass yachts like Beneteaus..we had a contract
of re-fastening ballast keels..if u have a good look at the earlier ones u can see that the keel bolts
are straight through the hull
, no substantial support grid at all!!..when the yacht runs aground the keel
pushes up and separates the inner liner..big dollars to fix.
Like everything else there is no easy answer..
Fred Rebel sailed in an open 18' boat from Australia
to the US..he als found god on his way..just a thoght.
Originally Posted by Sailcat
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I've ruled out ferrocement.
I've accepted fiberglass
I fantisize about wood
Considered Aluminun for the scrap value.
would be too noisy, underway and at anchor
What are your thoughts and observations?
Thanks in advance.