If Money were no object....

Discussion in 'Materials' started by MaddMatt, Dec 25, 2020.

  1. MaddMatt
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    If money were no object, what material would you use?

    I've seen lots of posts about building economically but what if money were no object and you still wanted to build it yourself?

    I'm thinking multihull designs specifically...

    Curious to hear what you'd choose!

    Matt
     
  2. Eric ruttan
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    Carbon fiber Orbiter

     
  3. TANSL
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    There are other variables that greatly influence the choice of material.
     
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  4. rangebowdrie
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    Well, for me it specifically would not be a multihull.
    It would be a heavy displacement cruising sailboat with a metal hull.
    The backbone structure, along with the framing would be bronze, and the hull plating would be bronze.
    No chines,, fettled frames, rolled shell plates.
    TIG welded.
     
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  6. rangebowdrie
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    ^True enough,, CuNi would work.
    One might also choose what is kind of the opposite of CuNi,, Monel
    Monel is a a great material, tougher than bronze, and still able to be worked without special tools.
    Edit; thanks for those links.
     
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  7. fallguy
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    I built a mh with epoxy and corecell M; mostly.

    Money no object, I would do same, only switch to infusion. Wetbagging has too many stress events.

    The one I built is not for sailing, mind you.

    I'd probably build a 20 meter money no object. Category A. Maybe a backup sailing system, but diesel inboard power main.
     
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  8. gonzo
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    If money was not object, and I could afford to take as much time as I wanted, my choice is a wooden boat. Most likely a double planked skin over steam bent frames.
     
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  9. rangebowdrie
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    All right, someone with a streak of traditional/luddite in them.
    What about fairly thick strip planking with a couple layers of diagonal over?
    Wasn't double planking an early attempt to get some form of a monocoque structure, letting the skin carry some load, as well as adding rigidity to what is essentially a "wicker basket".
     
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  10. gonzo
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    I am not a luddite. Modern technology can produce a boat that requires less maintenance and repair. However, if I had infinite wealth, the smell of a wooden boat would be more important.
     
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    No offence meant,, :)
     
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  12. gonzo
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    Not at all. I'm only explaining that if money is not an object, old technology can be affordable.
     
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