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Old 03-10-2015, 13:47   #16
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So really there is only one remaining option for a hull which is also the cheapest to build, the lightest, the strongest, doesn't require any bottom paint, doesn't corrode, doesn't use any chemicals. It also has the advantage over all other hull types that it is flexible to absorb breaking wave impacts.

This is the skin on frame.
So what is this mythical material ?
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So what is this mythical material ?
Skin on frame.
To be specific, oxhide.
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Skin on frame.
To be specific, oxhide.
Google curragh, also St. Brendan.
They have oxen in Mauritius?
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Wood boats are for eclectic millionaires, you will be much happier with a glass hull.

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Thanks to all who responded. I got my perspective back!
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Re: Wood or plastic

If you want to go sailing sooner rather than later and want a much more maintenance free boat, look out for a well built and used cement boat.. They make excellent world cruisers and go on for years and years without the maintenance requirement of plastic, wood or steel..

And they are cheap to buy.. just hard to insure.
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Re: Wood or plastic

I'd like to put in a vote for a well built fibreglass boat. (Tupperware or frozen snot if you prefer). The thing is, around our club I meet all these people with osmosis problems, hull delamination, stress fractures around chain plates, you name it, but in each case it seems to be on some lightly built speed machine with just a few mm of fibreglass. Meanwhile the solid old plodders like our Swanson and well built larger Roberts are into their fourth decade without a hint of problems.

I love wood, and I agree with the remarks on ambience, but I'd rather maintain decorative timber facias on our boat than go through some of the below waterline timber repair work I have seen on the slips at the club.

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