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Old 09-23-2015, 07:19 PM   #18
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IIRC ferro was the rage at the time because it was a cheap way to build a hull. Thing is, building the hull is probably only 20-25% of the total boat cost. As the owners, or particularly the builders, of the beautiful ferro boats mentioned above will tell you.

One result was that back yards had these things half finished in them. Half finished usually because time and cost of build exceeded initial expectations. They were invariably sailboats, typically large (because its cheap to build from a materials perspective, we can make it large!).

Ferro is not alone there though! Many home builds are finished by someone other than the person who started the build. So back yards had semi-abandoned monsters in them that were difficult and expensive to move. By the mid 80's house rental contracts here in SE Queensland often had a clause prohibiting building a ferro in the backyard.

A couple of cons are: firstly insurance. It can be very difficult to find an underwriter who will accept it. Whilst you may not care, you do need insurance to stay in most marinas. Secondly, hitting something like a dock hard can result in very difficult effective (versus cosmetic) repairs. Salt water working its way along the armature (and rusting it) in such cases is likely a key reason the insurer's balk.
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