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Old 26-04-2012, 18:46   #31
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Well it cost me about $28,600 per year to run the boat. I need to earn about $55,000 before tax to get the $28,600 so thats about 10% in real dollar terms, gotta make it to spend it.
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Old 26-04-2012, 19:24   #32
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Re: How old is too old for a FRP cat

OK, They say the first fiberglass boat was a sailing dinghy in 1942. But the first cruising boat was built in 1951. This article is great.
Good Old Boat - The Birth of Fiberglass Boats article
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Old 26-04-2012, 20:56   #33
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Re: How old is too old for a FRP cat

Dikdig.
Is that income from the boat(charter) or your income from working at whatever you do for a job?
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Old 26-04-2012, 23:25   #34
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From my job,the boat is just private use,never been chartered.
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Old 27-04-2012, 00:36   #35
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Re: How old is too old for a FRP cat

My boat, not a cat, was built in 1974. Virtually everything but the fiberglass has needed something. I'm not sure if your question was about fiberglass or that you mentioned it simply to differentiate between FRP and plywood/fiberglass. Regardless, the fiberglass has been the only flawless part of my boat.
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Old 27-04-2012, 17:10   #36
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Re: How old is too old for a FRP cat

regarding op's question, old frp, would there be a fair difference in life expectancy for say foam core vs hand layed? would the consequences of poor maintenance be more apparent with a hull that can delaminate?
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Re: How old is too old for a FRP cat

I would guess, at least foregoing a major blister issue, that the fiberglass will outlive everything else. Caveat of course is: was the design and build strong enough to keep from cracking the layup? This is probably more important in a cat... but also may be more evident if issues are occurring....
Everything else other than the hull is suspect the older the boat gets. I was looking at a couple of boats the other day and the broker happened to show me an old Ericson. He said he was recomending the owner lower the price to $7-8K as the boat had been sitting for a few years and needed a lot of work. Then he said he was thinking of getting the owner to let him use it for the summer if he fixed a "few things" and they could split the increased revenue.... his stated list went like this:
Repair cracked rudder
Replace cutlass bearing and prop
Install larger self tailing winches
Replace rigging
Entire cabin floor was falling apart-replace.
Head smelled so bad It was hard to open the door... old head of a plastic model I've never seen.
Replace stinky cushion coverings..
Bottom was apparantly epoxied years ago... no blisters but the bottom paint was coming off in big chunks... appears the epoxy wasnt sanded or primered prior to paint.
Engine was an old diesl that reportedly ran good... hoses were very old and engine had a lot of exterior rust.
Bilge and under settee storage was stained black. Looked like engine oil inthe bilge to me.

Get the picture? That boat, although it looked pretty good generally and was likely a solid hull... couldnt be made "good" within the limits of it's "repaired" value even if it was free! Had two new sails and nice dingy davits though!
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