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Old 29-10-2011, 11:14   #1
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Solid Fiberglass Construction ?

I hope I'm not hammering an old topic. I'm looking for something with a solid layup hull. Decks too, but maybe that is too much to ask. 27' - 35' for headroom . I'm slightly over 6'. Preferably bronze seacock through hulls, and opening ports. Is all that too much to ask?
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At what price point? Or age? Off the top of my head- Pearson 35's, Tartan 34c, and I believe Moody's
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Old 29-10-2011, 11:31   #3
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Re: solid fiberglass construction?

By solid layup I assume you mean all glass layup without a core of ply, balsa, foam, etc?

If so, try a CSY 33 or 37. All glass everywhere. Been a long time since I was on a 33 but the 37 and 44 had great headroom. Also opening ports and if I recall, bronze seacocks.
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Re: Solid Fiberglass Construction ?

Thanks for all the replies. I'm looking at older boats(price 10-20K) Cape Dory; Watkins; Bristol ect. I know that these aren't considered fast. I'm very open to suggestions.
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Re: Solid Fiberglass Construction ?

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, dogfido.
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Old 29-10-2011, 13:37   #7
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Re: Solid Fiberglass Construction ?

Double check on vessels for "no ply or other core" on decks...not too many boats I remember with solid decks....
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Re: Solid Fiberglass Construction ?

I feel you are limiting yourself and not considering good boats over this "solid" hull thing. A solid fiberglass hull isn't reaally stronger unles it was laid up with woven cloth instead of mat.
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I feel you are limiting yourself and not considering good boats over this "solid" hull thing. A solid fiberglass hull isn't reaally stronger unles it was laid up with woven cloth instead of mat.
Not many boats are chopper gun mat. Stay away from that.
Cored hulls are as strong at conception as solid glass. The strength to weight and cost is the reason hulls get cored and more often decks. I am weary of cored hulls.it can be done well but more easy and often us failure at fittings quality of core and bonding of core. Resin quality in the laminates etc...all of these built in quality pieces cost money. I don't think your wrong looking for solidglass hull. Good luck finding everything glass.
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Welcome aboard dogfido.

Not sure about the wisdom bit. But you'll sure get opinions, some even from people who have a ton of experience!
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