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Old 22-04-2008, 18:04   #1
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When is she just too old?

So what are everyones opinions on the different hull materials? Of course, the level of maintenance she has recieved is huge, but how many years can a boat age under normal (for her type) usage before the hull needs serious beefing up? Just opinions from everyone, it'll be interesting to see what we all have to say.
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Old 22-04-2008, 18:07   #2
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That will be long after you are gone.
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Old 22-04-2008, 18:13   #3
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A boat's life is infinite, provided there is infinite money to keep her in shape.
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Old 22-04-2008, 18:15   #4
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Very true!
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Old 22-04-2008, 19:46   #5
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When is she just too old?
The wife or the boat..?

It all boils down to maintenance....And in some cases attitude.

At least the boat does not talk back regardless of age.
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Old 22-04-2008, 20:58   #6
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I guess (?) you can look at what's available. There are quite a few well preserved wooden boats available from the 20's (so ~100 years realistically?). I have no idea how long a glass boat will last under the sun (all I can say definitely is at least 50 years judging by what's available). I imagine metal hulls will basically have infinite life.
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My boat is fiberglass. It's 40 years old and, I would guess, still as strong, or stronger than any of the boats coming off the assembly line today. Granted, glass boats today aren't built as heavily as they were then, so we may not be saying that about recently built glass boats 40 years from now.
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'Faiaoahe' is a young 31 years old built for heavy weather. I'm not sure if anyone knows the life expectancy of F/G yet. Some F/G boats are as old as 50 years. But if the Chinesse started building boats, I'm sure we would find out quickly how long theirs are good for!
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Well if the hull starts to sag ........ you can always inject a little boatox!.........(sorry couldn't resist)
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Well if the hull starts to sag ........ you can always inject a little boatox!.........(sorry couldn't resist)
Ahhh geeeeeeezzzzzz!!!!!!
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Well if the hull starts to sag ........ you can always inject a little boatox!.........(sorry couldn't resist)
I think that is in the wrong thread


I think the material will survive long long after the boat.......important thing is to have a boat that has been built well (in the chosen material) and then maintained (at least to the minimum standard needed by the chosen material).
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