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Old 24-05-2012, 07:21   #1
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Wood Deck has been Fiberglassed

Hello Cruisers-
I am new to the forum and was hoping for some help.
Quick background - I grew up cruising Lake Erie with my Grandfather on his incredible Flying Bridge Lyman (30' Islander named Day Tripper, CYC). I have always wanted a Lyman of my own so I began a search to find a nice runabout, Offshore, or Cruisette.
I have come across a boat that I am interested in that is in very nice condition but the deck has been fiberglassed. I am aware that this can cause problems but I think it was done correctly - no signs of moisture that is visible from below.
My question to you all is, assuming the job was done correctly (over plywood), do you think this is a deal breaker? Too much room for problems down the road?
I always imagined having a bright shiny teak deck to admire while cruising, but I can get past that because its a good boat at a good price for me. I just need to determine if this is acceptable.
Thanks so much for any assistance!
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Old 24-05-2012, 07:52   #2
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Re: Wood Deck has been Fiberglassed

allot of boat owners and manufactures are removeing teak all together from thier vessels, due to the onoing high maintenance. Were the decks redone with polester,vinyl ester or epoxy . Ask the seller if they have any pictures of the refit . I have done several through my comany and they wont hold up unless done correctly. message me back if you need more advisment
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Old 24-05-2012, 07:52   #3
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Re: Wood Deck has been Fiberglassed

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Hello Cruisers-
I am new to the forum and was hoping for some help.
Quick background - I grew up cruising Lake Erie with my Grandfather on his incredible Flying Bridge Lyman (30' Islander named Day Tripper, CYC). I have always wanted a Lyman of my own so I began a search to find a nice runabout, Offshore, or Cruisette.
I have come across a boat that I am interested in that is in very nice condition but the deck has been fiberglassed. I am aware that this can cause problems but I think it was done correctly - no signs of moisture that is visible from below.
My question to you all is, assuming the job was done correctly (over plywood), do you think this is a deal breaker? Too much room for problems down the road?
I always imagined having a bright shiny teak deck to admire while cruising, but I can get past that because its a good boat at a good price for me. I just need to determine if this is acceptable.
Thanks so much for any assistance!
Welcome aboard SMC77.

The answer is in the question . Assuming the job was done correctly.

Glass over high grade marine ply using epoxy will last a lifetime (almost!) if done correctly. Of course I am biassed having a 40 yr old ply boat (now epoxied) but that aside, it is a sound method of decking. You need to keep the paint up, epoxy hates UV.

However done poorly and especially done poorly with polyester resin, it will be a nightmare and for me, a deal breaker.
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Old 24-05-2012, 07:54   #4
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Re: Wood Deck has been Fiberglassed

More tha likely, they fiberglassed to deck because it was leaking. The only problem that I can foresee is if they fiberglassed over rotten wood. On the other hand, if it was done a while back and there are no signs of leaks or soft areas on the deck, I'm sure all will be OK.
A surveyor would definitely know immediately after looking at it.
If you intend to get hull insurance, the insurance company would want a survey.
If you dont want insurance, you can get a surveyor at a fairly decent rate because you wont need a wriiten report and he would just be looking at key items.
You have to be careful with older boats because you could be buying disaster in the making.
Good luck in whatever you decide.
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Old 24-05-2012, 08:01   #5
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Re: Wood Deck has been Fiberglassed

Thanks so much for the quick responses! I will make my calls and find out just how much is known about the refit. There are some real solid guys at the marina looking after the boat for the current owner. They are both ex Coast Gaurd and are all about safety. They assure me the boat is very seaworthy and safe, but I will find out what they know about the deck.
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Old 24-05-2012, 09:27   #6
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Re: Wood Deck has been Fiberglassed

A Lyman eh!!-beautiful boats.
Can you see the underside of the deck. If water has penetrated the veneers you will most likely see gritty, stained surfaces.
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Re: Wood Deck has been Fiberglassed

Many boat projects were done this way as new, sail and motorboats. Usually just lightweight boatcloth over the ply. Not sure about longevity though... a lot of issues on some boats, but maybe it's just a maintenance issue. Definitely not an easy boat to sell I imagine, so buy wisely!
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