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Old 02-01-2009, 21:20   #16
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Originally Posted by lookoutnw View Post
Simple. Stay away from wood as much as you can. It is for those who like to continuously work on it. FRG is cheaper by a whole lot. The simpler the boat, teh less $ for repairs in a sense. I have mine because I was looking at the Taiwan 41-51 and the Columbia 41 & 45. The classic traditionals are really nice, but require a lot of maintenance. The C41 & C45 are very strongly built, inexpensive and easy to maintain. My $.000001 worth.

Thank you so much. I was really torn between wood and FRG, I obviously don't have any experience so I wouldn't know the first thing about fixing something if it broke. I thought wood might be hard to keep since wood and water don't really mix well, but I read somewhere that fiberglass can get quite expensive to fix, and something about if there is a problem and it doesn't get fixed right away it will most likely sink. That would be a problem!

Your advice has helped decide towards FRG. I'm going to take a look into the ones you suggested. I believe I've decided to purchase one in the UK with a recent survey, mooring until end of march and license. I'm going to move to UK in the beginning of March and use the boat primarily as a live-aboard. Get to know things, and take some lessons. I'm not sure If I need some sort of boat driving license , but by living on it first I'll get a hang of how things work.


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Old 02-01-2009, 21:55   #17
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Late 60's & Early 70's Frg boats are usually quite sturdy. If they have been in northern colder waters there is usually less blistering also. ALot has to do with teh fact or belief that back then, petro and therefore the resins were cheap, this was before the fuel crisis. The manufacturers jsut added more thickness to the hulls and didn't use core materials as much. Core materials really REALLY HATE being wet. Any hull or deck penetration that is thru core, not done right is asking for a lot of $ to be applied to it. Less $ if you do the labor yourself. A GREAT book set is 'Don Casey's, This Old Boat, and Nigel Calders boat Electrical and ?? systems manuals'. B ooks that any Old boat should not be without, and completly and continuously read. Good Luck.

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