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Old 27-12-2009, 09:09   #1
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1954 Flying Dutchman in North Carolina

Ahoy there, I'm Carl and I recently purchased a 1954 FD. My understanding is she was built in Germany. She's all wood including mast. The hull is of cold mold mahogany plywood. Since acquiring her in October I've had her in the water and have been sprucing her up although she was in very good condition as she was forgotten in a barn for 40 yrs. I sometimes feel like I'm sailing a fine piece of furniture that I don't want to scratch. My first with a racing dinghy and I hoping to hear from other FD owners particularly anyone who has an older wood model. I have yet to find the hull number.

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Old 27-12-2009, 13:00   #2
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Old 28-12-2009, 15:21   #4
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We have a 1955 cold mold mahogany plywood cutty cabin powerboat. The good thing about the plywood is that it tends to be much lower maintenance than lapstrake, carvel, or other wooden boat construction types. If you ever wanted to go the West System route with a transparent layer of fiberglass, the cold mold plywood is one of the few excellent candidates for that. Keep the boat well ventilated and study dry rot and how to prevent it. Good luck with your boat.
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Welcome Carl....I'll ditto what John said "I'm certain we'd all like to see a photo."
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