Fiberglass is nice, but skipper a steel boat just once and you won’t want to ever go with glass again. There’s something reassuring about having a steel hull under your top-siders, but not many builders work in steel on this side of the Atlantic, and not many boat owners know the pleasure of metal. Steel is popular in Europe, though: the Dutch have been leaders in steel boatbuilding for generations, especially small steel motor- and sailboats. From what we can see the Dynamic 1700 from VanDerHeijden Shipyards will do nothing but enhance steel’s reputation. Even more surprising is the price – comparable to what you will pay for a production fiberglass boat. Better still, it’s a custom yacht, and the yard’s naval architect will work with you to create one that’s just right for you.
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