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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 16-01-2010, 17:21   #1
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How Old is your Fiberglass Boat?

Just curious- how many of us are sailing boats as old as we are?

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Old 16-01-2010, 17:28   #2
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Didn't add 1960 or newer?

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Old 16-01-2010, 17:28   #3
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I had a 1962 Holland Contest for 27 years, still going strong when i sold her, She even survived a tree falling on her while in storage. The old glass boats are still a great value and many will out live us lol.

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Old 16-01-2010, 17:46   #4
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1977 and still turning heads

Our Ericson 39B is not as seasoned as we are but she sure is beautiful and she sure turns heads. Sails like a dream too

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Old 16-01-2010, 18:23   #5
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Mine's older than me. '69 Coronado 25.

The boat seems incredibly solid. Just a few little things I'd like to do:

Replace the ports
Re-seal the chainplate covers
Replace the thru-hulls and seacocks. Only 2 of them actually, the rest are deactivated.

The rest is all cosmetic.
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Old 16-01-2010, 18:48   #6
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My Stiletto 27 was 30 when sold her

She hit 16 knots on her sea trials, my last sail with her, in a ~14 knot breeze. I think I've slowed down more than her. She was in better shape than when I bought her, 15 years earlier.

Still with the factory main!
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Old 16-01-2010, 19:07   #7
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my boat is a 1964 model
i was commissioned in 1986

boats about twice as old
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Old 16-01-2010, 20:23   #8
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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!
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Old 16-01-2010, 20:42   #9
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I am older then my current keel boat by 9 years. She is from 1967' and is a Tartan 27' and has always been a comfort as well as a hole to throw money into. Cheaper then any used car I've ever bought and a better ride as well.
I like old GRP boats that have some character or so it would seem.
Ditto nico105 on the aging gel coat. It seems as if 40 years is a lot to ask of gel-coat to endure.
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Old 16-01-2010, 20:51   #10
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My friend's Cal 34 that I sailed for years is a 69. I now own a 65 Cal 40.

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Old 16-01-2010, 23:52   #11
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I am older than my boat. I was born in 1958, she in 1983... but we are both showing the signs of age.
But she is in the midst of a refit, alas, I am sorry to say, I cannot be. But each one of us struggles on to the greater glory....

Old boats are the best boats.
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Old 17-01-2010, 02:37   #12
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My boat is 1973 and I am 1986, so the boat is 13 years older than me!
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Old 17-01-2010, 03:01   #13
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I am a 1962 model, myself.

My boat was built in 1980.

My father-in-law has a Galaxy 32 fiberglass sloop that was built in 1958...
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Old 17-01-2010, 05:37   #14
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Bluestocking was launched by Cheoy Lee on July 1st 1965, 20 years to the day after I was launched in 1945. When I gutted here back to a bare hull in 94, for the 4 1/2yr rebuild, on grinding off all the interior paint, there were Chinese character building notes visible thru the glass all over the hull. I gain a romantic satisfaction knowing I am always sailing in such esteemed company as crew.
so many projects--so little time !!
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Old 17-01-2010, 05:58   #15
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Sitting on my 1969 Cal 34 as I type. Certainly needs some love, but a very solid boat that will get me where I need to go for a long time to come. Oh, and I am a 1971 model, so I guess she is a couple of years older. As someone above said, she will probably out last me.

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