Jennie Phillips Sailboat February 01st, 2018 - 11:21:09
While most people tend to think of sailboats as all being the same there are actually a variety of different types of sailboats in use throughout the world today. The basics still apply to them as far as sails and using the wind to power them through the water but the features that make them unique offer a variety of different benefits to people depending on their personal preferences. Many people wrongly assume that the size of the sailboat is the defining characteristic that separates it from other sailboats on the water. While different size sailboat will certainly have different features and provide its passengers with an array of different comforts its not the size that really matters. The most common differences between sailboats have to do with the number and the position of masts that each ship has though in recent years that is no longer the only distinction.
Most sailboats are fiberglass these days but if you are looking for a really strong sailboat you are likely to choose steel or aluminum. Fiberglass is fine for normal use but if you are going cross oceans or give your sailboat a hard life metal is best. They are also good materials if you want to get your own design of sailboat built. The reason aluminum or steel are best is that metals are both strong and stiff and when hit really hard they bend - fiberglass and even the most advanced composites will break and even shatter. Then the sailboat will almost certainly sink. A sailboat with a dent in the hull can keep going.
There are other advantages too. Fiberglass boats usually have separate keels that are bolted in place. The bolts work in the retaining holes in the hull enlarging then slightly and after a few years you are likely to get leaks. Worse still if you press your sailboat really hard the bolts can breakand you lose the keel. This happens quite often in racing and can happen to cruising sailboats as well. The keel of a steel or aluminum boat is formed as part of the hull so it cannot come off - and the ballast of lead or steel is encapsulated inside where it cannot move. If you are looking for a 20-28 foot sailboat to cruise around rivers estuaries and a little offshore cruising then fiberglass is fine. But if you want to go further or you want your boat to be of a particular design choose aluminum or steel. Many firms offer excellent designs for metal sailboats and some offer sets of panels that you weld together - or have welded together - usually complete with instructions.
The Internet provides a multitude of resources that will help you with your sailboat building project. Boat designs and detailed boat plans are available to download. Youll also find a wide variety of online marine supply stores that sell boat building materials equipment and tools. Whether your sailboat is a one-person sabat a daysailer or a catamaran youll feel a special sense of pride knowing that comes with sailboat building. Once youve acquired the skills to finish your boat youll be able to perform your own routine maintenance and repairs. If all this sounds good and youre ready to enjoy the boating lifestyle then its time to look into sailboat building.