Wood is getting harder to source for building traditional Phinisis.
We have on the drawing board a G.A. for traditional hull and decks in ferrocement boat construction.
With a wood finished superstructure, and interior, it would be difficult to tell that the hull is in fact made from ferrocement.
- Readily available supplies of steel, cement and semi-skilled workers.
- Can be built anywhere a steel framed tent can be erected.
- Semi-skilled workers can be easily trained.
- Build errors can be easily prevented.
- Skilled workers for plastering can be readily sourced.
- Less environmental impact.
- Lower cost than any other material.
- Hull displacement is similar to a wood built Phinisi.
- Lower hull maintenance costs and longer life.
- Easily repaired or altered
- Less hull damage when in collisions with reefs and other obstacles.
- Labour intensive and only suitable for one-off productions.
- Corrosion of steel reinforcements if not properly prepared.