Originally Posted by amandasearle
And while I am asking all these questions - what are peoples views on hulls that are composite or GRP - such as the Grainger 40 - strip plank western red cedar with epxy and fibreglass composite?
All Grainger designs that are home built or small boat yard built will have some sort of core
between the fibreglass "skins" of the hull
. It is usually Western Red Cedar, balsa or foam. If you prefer, as I do, a hull
with solid (uncored) fibreglass below the waterline then you will have a hard time finding this in an amateur or small yard custom build. You'll probably have to buy a production boat.
It's good to get forum type advise on prospective boat designs, but also trust your own observations. Make those brokers work for their commission and get them to take you out on a choppy windy day. Steer upwind into the chop and see what you think of the comfort level. Could you put up with that for hours or days on end? Does it sail easily? Or do you need half a dozen gym junkies to raise the sails
. Is the deck
uncluttered? Can you move around those decks easily or will you trip over lines led around the cabin
? Crawl around the boat. Check the fluid levels in the engines. Do you need to be a double jointed acrobat? Are the engines easily accessible or do you need to go in through the shower
cubicle or disassemble a rear bunk to get there? In short, is it liveable for YOU?
Lastly, no matter what boat, get a good surveyor
to check it out. They will find things you don't. And keep some money
up your sleeve to rectify the issues that they miss. Happy hunting!