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Old 27-05-2013, 10:57   #31
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Re: When is a Hull too Old to Go Offshore?

I think, like most things "boat", it comes down to common sense.... the bottom line is that a well laid hull and deck of any age can be fine. However, one poorly done, or with a thin layer of low strength glass holding the hull and deck together could come apart in a severe sea. Brand new boats have had keels fall off and turn turtle, old boats done with too much chopper have come apart. It seems to me the common thread is how they're built not how long ago when it comes to fiberglass..
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Old 30-05-2013, 06:47   #32
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The Bounty didnt sink either... it was a CIA conspiracy.

Of course anything older is going to be less robust than the exact newer equivalent.
As I understand it, the Bounty (the one that sank) was built as a movie prop never to be used as a real cruising replica of the original.
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Old 30-05-2013, 06:50   #33
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Also, Zac Sunderland circumnavigated on a 1972 Islander 36 just a few years ago. His dad did verify the integrity of the boat first though.

He paid $6,000.00 for it. The boat suffered multiple equipment failures but non having to do with the hull.
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Old 30-05-2013, 06:58   #34
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Re: When is a Hull too Old to Go Offshore?

a hull is too old to sail after it is crushed.

isnt the hull to worry about but the rest of the boat....lol

know what to look for and do well. maintain and replace what is needing and go from there.


intentions are why the gods made re-fits......
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Re: When is a Hull too Old to Go Offshore?

Just like people, it is not age that matters but physical condition.
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Re: When is a Hull too Old to Go Offshore?

Really though how do you know what has failed, hull split cracked or thru hull broke or rudder post or whale ram or roque waves. When you're far out at sea with no one around and the boat goes down it sinks all the way perhaps mile down. There will not be a forensic exam to see what happened.

I am also of the opinion the hull is not as likely to cause a sinking.
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[QUOTE=sdowney717;1247821]Really though how do you know what has failed, hull split cracked or thru hull broke or rudder post or whale ram or roque waves. When you're far out at sea with no one around and the boat goes down it sinks all the way perhaps mile down. QUOTE]

Ahhh.... shallow water man huh....
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"[QUOTE=sdowney717;1247821]Really though how do you know what has failed, hull split cracked or thru hull broke or rudder post or whale ram or roque waves. When you're far out at sea with no one around and the boat goes down it sinks all the way perhaps mile down. QUOTE]

Ahhh.... shallow water man huh...."

must be that.
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Re: When is a Hull too Old to Go Offshore?

I trust my 1976 Tartan. She seems to be very well built. Previous owner replaced all the through hulls and seacocks in 2010. Recently, however, I tracked down a leak from a cracked 36-year old head intake hose. Funny that he replaced some of the hoses but not all.
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Re: When is a Hull too Old to Go Offshore?

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A hull is never to old to go offshore..its the bits on the hull that are prone to failure.. rig, sails, seacocks etc.
And the bits on the hull includes the skipper. Bad judgement has sank many boats, age notwithstanding.

Then again, I am biased as you can see on my profile...
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