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Why Choose Metal Construction?

BY Mark Andrews - 0 COMMENTS

When considering the construction of your next yacht, it’s essential to understand the benefits of different materials. For yachts, particularly trawlers and exploration yachts under 80 feet, metal construction—either steel or aluminum—offers significant advantages over traditional fiberglass. Metal construction might be the superior choice for your Boarncruiser yacht.

Strength and Durability

Steel Construction:

  • Robustness: Steel is known for its incredible strength and durability. It is highly resistant to impacts and harsh marine environments. This robustness is essential for trawlers and exploration yachts, which often encounter challenging conditions.
  • Longevity: Steel yachts have a long lifespan due to their resistance to wear and tear, ensuring that your vessel remains in excellent condition for many years.
  • Stability: Steel's heavier weight provides greater stability, resulting in a smoother and more comfortable ride, especially in rough seas.

Aluminum Construction:

  • Lightweight and Fuel Efficiency: Aluminum is significantly lighter than steel, enhancing fuel efficiency and allowing for higher speeds. This lightweight nature makes aluminum yachts easier to handle and maneuver, which benefits performance-oriented cruising.
  • Corrosion Resistance: While aluminum can suffer from galvanic corrosion, it is generally more resistant to rust and corrosion than steel, especially in saltwater environments. Proper maintenance, including zinc anodes and appropriate paints, can further enhance aluminum’s durability.
  • High Resale Value: Aluminum yachts have a higher resale value due to their desirable properties and reduced maintenance costs.


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Comparisons with Fiberglass Construction

Fiberglass Construction:

  • Common Usage: Fiberglass is a popular material for constructing yachts due to its lightweight nature and cost-effectiveness. It’s widely used in recreational boats and performs well for shorter, less demanding voyages.
  • Limitations: However, fiberglass is less durable compared to steel and aluminum. It is more susceptible to impact damage and requires frequent maintenance to address issues like osmosis, where water penetration can lead to structural problems over time.

Benefits of Metal Over Fiberglass:

  • Durability: Steel and aluminum offer superior durability compared to fiberglass. They are better suited for long-term, extensive cruising and can more effectively handle rough seas.
  • Maintenance: While fiberglass yachts require regular maintenance to prevent osmosis and structural degradation, metal yachts, particularly those made from steel, are easier to repair and maintain in the long run.
  • Safety: Metal yachts provide enhanced safety features due to their robust construction. Steel, in particular, offers excellent protection in the event of a collision or grounding, which is crucial for long-distance exploration.


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Primary Differences Between Steel and Aluminum Construction

Steel Construction:

  • Strength and Stability: Steel is incredibly strong and offers superior stability, making it ideal for heavy-duty, long-distance voyages. Its weight helps dampen the effects of waves, providing a smoother ride.
  • Repair and Availability: Steel is widely available and easier to repair globally. Skilled labor and materials for steel repairs are more accessible, which is advantageous for vessels traveling to remote locations.

Aluminum Construction:

  • Lightweight and Efficient: Aluminum’s lightweight nature makes it more fuel-efficient and capable of achieving higher speeds. This efficiency is particularly beneficial for performance-focused yachts.
  • Corrosion Resistance: Aluminum’s resistance to corrosion in saltwater environments gives it an edge over steel in terms of maintenance and longevity, although it requires specific maintenance practices to prevent galvanic corrosion.

Choosing metal construction for your Boarncruiser yacht offers numerous benefits over traditional fiberglass. Whether you opt for the unparalleled strength and stability of steel or the lightweight efficiency and corrosion resistance of aluminum, metal yachts provide a superior cruising experience, ensuring durability, safety, and performance. Understanding these advantages can help you make an informed decision that aligns with your specific needs and preferences for long-distance, adventurous cruising.

By highlighting these benefits, we aim to guide our customers in selecting the best material for their dream yacht, ensuring a vessel that meets their expectations for quality, durability, and performance.


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Boarncruiser Yachts

David Walters Yachts is proud to be the exclusive dealer of Boarncruiser Yachts in North America. Handcrafted and built on a semi-custom basis by the renowned Boarnstream Shipyard, they are among the world's best oceangoing exploration yachts and trawlers today. Available in either steel or aluminum and built to your specifications, contact us today for more information.


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