Steel for Sail and Power

Steel for Sail and Power

Steel ships are the backbone of world trade, and navies around the world maintain their allegiance to the metal. Like-minded builders of smaller commercial fishing boats, tugs and barges also favor the iron/carbon amalgam. So why do we see so few recreational power and sailing vessels being built from what’s arguably the strongest and one of the least expensive boatbuilding materials? Before attempting to answer, it makes sense to take a close look at what steel has to offer.  Riveted iron was the first step in a ship building renaissance, a trend that gave white oak and spruce trees a…
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