If there is one simple word that springs to mind amongst the uninitiated in relation to aluminum boats it has to be corrosion. If we had a pound for every time someone warns me against bringing spare change aboard and then dropping it we wouldn’t have to worry about a cruising budget—we’d have money in the bank.
Just as all construction materials have their benefits, so do they have their weaknesses, and we were well aware of the potential risks with aluminum. But the French (and others) have been building alloy yachts for decades now, and most of them are still afloat, so there can’t be that much wrong with them. In any case, we none of us stop to question the wisdom of using aluminum for spars, do we, so why worry unduly about a hull and deck?To continue reading, please login (top right) or join us.