GRP or Steel

Discussion in 'Powerboats' started by Canal Guy, Dec 30, 2017.

  1. Canal Guy
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    Canal Guy New Member

    I'm thinking about buying either an 11m Dutch Steel boat or an 11m GRP Le Boat to use for 6 months on the French canals. April-Oct.
    Do GRP boats wallow around more when moored or do steel boats site better in the water when moored? 20171208_165025.jpg Boat royal-classique1.jpg 20171208_165025.jpg 20171208_165025.jpg Boat royal-classique1.jpg
     
  2. rasorinc
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    rasorinc Senior Member

    steel needs care fiberglass not so much.
     
  3. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    Welcome to the forum.

    Neither hull material choice has inherit flaws in regard to "wallowing" about. Simply put it's a function of hull form (shape) than anything else and both hull material choices, can have good or bad attributes about them (again) depending on the shapes employed in the design.
     
  4. Canal Guy
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    Canal Guy New Member

    Thanks, I think the ex-hire fleet boats from Le Boat might be the way to go.
    They come with a complete survey and their hull design has been tried and tested over time.
     

  5. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    The real test to to take a ride on one in rough condisions to see how they feel, maneuver and stand on a mooring. Would you buy a used car without a test drive?
     
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