-A steel boat is a safer, stronger and more rugged type of
vessel than wood or any type of composite such as fiberglass.
-With a good design, properly built and with modern
coatings technology, rust is not a concern.
-Steel, like wood, is suitable for "one off" or
custom construction where fiberglass is best suited to production of
large numbers of similar hulls due to the requirement for construction
of a mold.
-From an environmental point of view, steel is a
recyclable material and it produces less volatile organic compounds
(VOC) during construction than either fiberglass or wood/epoxy.
-Steel has long been accepted as a building material for
this type of boat in Europe but has been slow to gain acceptance in
-The main disadvantage of steel is its weight; however,
for the increasingly popular trawler yacht with a displacement hull,
weight can be an advantage rather than a disadvantage.
"Metal is an excellent
structural material, ......in terms of impact, metal can be shown via basic
engineering principles and real world evidence to be better than any form of
composite. If designed well, a metal boat will be beautiful, will perform well,
be very comfortable, and will provide the peace of mind achieved only via the
knowledge that you are aboard the safest, strongest, most rugged type of vessel
-Michael Kasten at Pilothouse Online