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Old 06-09-2008, 21:58   #1
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Kauri Yacht Maintenance

I am currently looking to purchase a yacht to live on board and cruise.

I have spent a lot of time with GRP yachts but have no knowledge of Kauri.

Does anyone have any gems of wisdom on this subject, or references I could research?

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Old 06-09-2008, 22:33   #2
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The only wood available is in NZ or OZ. I have a friend here in the US who had to cut up his dinning table just to repair some windows.

Other then that they are beautiful boats and will last a long time.
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Its already lasted a long time - a Laurent Giles launched 1962.
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Delmarrey, my wife wants to hear the rest of the story about the friend who cut up his dinning table to repair his boat windows. Is he now single? Was he always single? Can he afford to have a yacht after the divorce settlement? Is this considered normal behavior among sailors? Would he do it again?
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Excellent boat timber, light, strong, fine parallel grain. All the visible framing in the cabin of current boat is Kauri.

What design is the LG?

I used to own a L Giles Wanderer (28Ft) built in NZ with Kauri planking launched in the early 50's. She was a fine solid boat, I believe she is in Melbourne (Oz) now.
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Kauri is indeed a wonderful timber, as it ages it goes very hard. You want to try putting a drill thru 50+ year old Kauri demolition timber, burns the drill & just about impossible to nail.
There are several methods of construction, is it Carvel planked & caulked usually on steam bent ribs, or maybe several glued diagonals? Kauri is not immune to rot from fresh water, so you need to look for places where water may have been trapped eg alongside stringers. Biggest problem for many "modern" timber boats has been rot in plywood decks - the cost of repairs has at times exceeded the value of the boat
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Delmarrey, my wife wants to hear the rest of the story about the friend who cut up his dinning table to repair his boat windows. Is he now single? Was he always single? Can he afford to have a yacht after the divorce settlement? Is this considered normal behavior among sailors? Would he do it again?
Nope! He sold the boat to a dot com-er. Now he sails with me.
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