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Old 06-05-2016, 09:19 AM   #46
City: Carefree, Arizona
Country: usa
Vessel Name: sunchaser V
Vessel Model: DeFever 48
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 8,233
Every hull material has its potential issues. Then throw in a shoddy build and problems arise.

I remember about fifteen years ago when DD designs started appearing there were many mentions of backyard builds, some pictures even of construction outdoors taking several years. Yes, chickens come home to roost, sometimes perching on a cap rail during the build process.

I have been in several Chinese steel fabricating facilities and factories. If required they employ the best of coatings, techniques and specs for final products. But, and a very big but, QA/QC must be monitored by knowledgeable and buyer loyal experts. Not easy to do or find for a low volume steel boat build.
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