Members' Online Book: Boat Design & Selection—Ovni 435, Chapter 11 of 18

The “C” Word—Corrosion

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?

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Colin, European Correspondent here at AAC, is a deeply experienced offshore sailor who holds a Yachtmaster licence, and a gifted photographer and talented writer who has added a whole new dimension to Attainable Adventure Cruising. In addition, since Colin and Louise are from England and had their OVNI 435, Pèlerin built in France, they bring a European perspective to our site. You can read more about Colin and Louise and their business at their website.