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View Poll Results: How old is your fiberglass boat?
1991 or newer 9 12.68%
1990 or older 18 25.35%
1980 or older 26 36.62%
1970 or older 18 25.35%
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Old 17-01-2010, 06:07   #16
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My 1973 Morgan is strong and cosmetically improved over it's 1985 condition at my purchase. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew

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Old 17-01-2010, 07:02   #17
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Originally Posted by FrankZ View Post
Didn't add 1960 or newer?
C'mon, there can't be more than one person sailing Pearson Triton hull #2!

Originally Posted by nico105 View Post
I have a 1965 pearson Invicta mk2...2 yrs older than I am. She needs mostly cosmetic work...the gel coat is so far gone it's almost a total do-over. Great boat, great fun to sail!
Actually my boat is 5 years younger than I am. She had a refit in the '90's, including a new Volvo Penta that still only has 560 hours on it. The original gel coat is still shiny, but there's a lot of crazing- I see more every time I look at it!

Nice to see I'm not the only old boat fan around.

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Old 17-01-2010, 07:42   #18
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Last year, we sold our 1976 Contessa 35 which we sailed and loved for 20 years. Great boat, every year a project here and there, and she was better than new for the next (her third and current) owner.
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Old 17-01-2010, 07:45   #19
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The guy I bought my 1969 Columbia 28 from gutted and rebuilt her for single-handing to Hawaii ( I'm in So Cal). He owned and sailed her for 19 years, with the rebuild coming somewhere in the latter part of that time period. He did a first class job and my wife and I have benefit from for all his hard work and attention to detail (glassed in stringer, bridge deck cockpit mod, strengthened and re-bedded chainplates, replaced all interior bulkheads, new galley, etc). We've had her about 3 years and put on a little over 2,000 km locally. Oh, the previous owner... he got married during the rebuild, had 2 kids and the Columbia 28 was too small. They now have a Hunter 40, which he bought new. Guess one major refit is all he could take.
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Old 17-01-2010, 08:05   #20
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Ya know what I think?-- I think you are all playing loose with age figures
Everyone knows fiberglass won't last. :
What wise man said "if God wanted us to have fiberglass boats, He would have planted fiberglass trees"
so many projects--so little time !!
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Old 17-01-2010, 08:22   #21
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Originally Posted by Zednotzee View Post
Just curious- how many of us are sailing boats as old as we are?
Doubt if there are any fiberglass boats that old... oomph !!!

Worry: misuse of imaginationů
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Old 17-01-2010, 09:11   #22
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I lived aboard her when I was a single longhaul trucker and then my bride and I lived aboard while our home was being built. We spent that summer sailing around Vancouver Island for our honeymoon and the boat is still going strong, but then it's only half our age. Jesse
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Old 17-01-2010, 09:20   #23
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my peterson is 1979 and newer. like so many things I have done I bouught this thing and now am throwing it away (replacing) one piece at a time. Ive thrown away at least $20,000. Of course If I hadn't replaced and continue to replace things The boat would just be aging. Latest project is pulling the chain plates and 1x19 rigging. kinda like that johnny cash song its a 79 80 81 82 .... sailboat
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Old 17-01-2010, 09:32   #24
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kinda reminds me of the old line about the guy with the fifty year old axe. Said it was the best axe he had ever owned, it had only been through four handles and three axeheads in fifty years.....

Airplanes are a lot like this. If you keep up with the maintenance, they never wear out.

Land Rover Defenders, too.
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Old 17-01-2010, 10:24   #25
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Don't think they were making fiberglass boats in 1949. Connemara was built in '82 and commissioned in '83.

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1976 Harstad 31 Motorsailer here. Mine was built the same year I graduated high school and is in great shape for her age. Very clean, well maintained, and all original.
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Old 17-01-2010, 11:10   #27
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The first glass boat gets complicated. Truly may have been a snipe in 1942 but resins were being played with earlier than that. I have a glass dinghy made in 1958. I boast it as the oldest worst designed dinghy. But Im guessing there are a few older then this. I thought the big boost to glass was in the early 50s late 40's with dunlop developing some military craft. Newporter also reported to be the first with a production boat but it was ply and glass. See the boats at the beggining of Giligans Island a slew of newporters. Seems that pearson is credited with the triton and vangaurd as the earliest production boats. Says a lot that many are still around what great boats. Timeless like the h-28.
Good Old Boat - The Birth of Fiberglass Boats article
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Old 17-01-2010, 12:12   #28
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We are 55 and Tivoli is 38, she is like our child, our love child...Actually she was launched the year we graduated from High School (1972). I had friends who had children the year they graduated.....
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Old 17-01-2010, 12:55   #29
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Interesting, I never thought of it that way, but yeah, my boat was built the year that I graduated from high school too!
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Old 17-01-2010, 13:14   #30
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Older than we are? That would have to be pre '45! Oh well, guess not all the forum is made up of ancient mariners.

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