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Old 06-05-2012, 18:30   #1
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How Long Will It Last?

How long will a well maintained fiber-glass yacht last? On another hand, how long will other yachts built with other materials last?
And please focus here.
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Old 06-05-2012, 18:48   #2
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Re: How Long Will It Last?

I bought a 1973 Morgan in the fall of '73. I'm now cruising my 1973 Morgan from Florida to Maine and completing my twentieth trip along the US East Coast. I've not given any special treatment to the hull other than basic care; however, I have replaced the rigging and sails more than once. I expect the report of the failure of my boat will have to be made by someone far younger than myself.
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1965 Pearson Ariel going strong. 47yrs and counting, early glass boats were layed up thick.
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depends on how you care for her.
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Old 06-05-2012, 19:35   #5
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Related to this... is there a wax or some kind of compond you can apply on an old fiberglass boat to make it like new again ? Take that old dull weathered look off ?
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Old 06-05-2012, 19:46   #6
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Again, I'm talking about basic care for the boat, avoiding groundings and collisions.
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Re: How Long Will It Last?

The first Resin boats were built in the '40s using cotton fabric instead of fiberglass. The ones that weren't physically destroyed were still going strong 30 years later. Using fiberglass instead of cotton only increases the life expectancy. Keep osmosis from dissolving the resin and UV from breaking it down and they should last for at least a lifetime given prudent construction practices and scantlings.

What other types of construction are you thinking about?? Steel will last a similarly long time but with a lot more care if you keep the rustermites away and/or replace corrosion weakened areas. Aluminum should also last a long time if you can keep electolysis at bay. Wooden boats can go on forever, all it takes is time and a big pile of money to keep rebuilding them. Dorade is on at least here third life after two previous extensive rebuilds and hear the USS Constitution is less than 10% original wood.
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Theres a lot of 60s fiberglass boats out there still bringing good prices for well taken care of boats!! Some of those will still be there 20 more yrs from now !!!
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1965 Pearson Ariel going strong. 47yrs and counting, early glass boats were layed up thick.
I have a 1965 Cal 36 in California. Not layed-up any thicker than necessary. Still solid. Original gelcoat is thinning and dull but looks reasonable. She's shiny when she's moving fast and wet.

What does not last are most of the other parts. The only original parts on her other than the hull are the 6 cockpit winches and the galley basin. From rudder to rig everything else has been replaced at least once - every block, wire, switch ... everything. Expensive.
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Re: How Long Will It Last?

capcook,
When I got my very first gelcoat boat I went through the process of bringing out the shine. I used very fine rubbing compound and car wax. It looked beautiful. Now there are many new products on the market that will do the same thing but might be less time consuming.
Try some of the major catalogs like Hamilton Marine, West Marine, etc.
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How long will a well maintained fiber-glass yacht last? On another hand, how long will other yachts built with other materials last?
And please focus here.
How long is a piece of string?
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Re: How Long Will It Last?

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How long will a well maintained fiber-glass yacht last? On another hand, how long will other yachts built with other materials last?
And please focus here.
Can't help you with data on well maintained fiber-glass yacht but I can give two data points on a well maintained wooden (carvel) hull and a well maintained plywood hull (both around 30 ft). Both were in great condition after 40 years and both had more than 90% of original hull material in them.

Of equal importance to "well maintained" is "well built initially"
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Re: How Long Will It Last?

Ive got a very VERY old brush. Only replaced the head 4 times and 1 new handle, apart from that its still original
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Twice the distance as it is from the middle to one end
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HA, well said anjou, I've got a brush like that, two cars and a lawnmower.who's quote is that re: socialism?
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