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Old 20-12-2013, 09:52   #1
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Questions about older trimarans

I came across this listing a while back . . .

1969 CUSTOM HEDLEY NICOLE TRIMARAN sailboat for sale in California

Now, this is about a 45-year-old boat, looks nice in the photos, but who knows what's really under the covers. I know Trimarans have not been around for a really long time in this sort of configuration, so this must be an early one. If I were to look at a boat like this, what sort of structural problems would I expect to find in a boat this age, based on the construction and materials in use at the time? Something like this would seem to be an excellent starter boat if it doesn't break the bank with some hidden problem.
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Old 20-12-2013, 12:32   #2
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Re: Questions about older trimarans

Most of these older tri's were built out of plywood glassed over. Biggest problem is rot if there is water intrusion into the plywood core. Many of these boats have weathered well over the years but be sure to run a moisture meter over the entire boat and investigate, thoroughly, any anomalies.
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That ad was posted 366 days ago. Still for sale?
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Old 20-12-2013, 21:33   #4
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Re: Questions about older trimarans

I know I'm in the minority here, but I like the older tris for their simplicity, and ease of repair.

My boat is 1963, and sat outside for 25 years. The parts exposed to weather required a lot of repair. But the parts under cover are remarkably sound.

Good thing is, a trip to a timber merchant, a bucket of epoxy, and some fiberglass, and you're good to go. If you're not handy with that stuff, I'd avoid older wooden boats, imho.
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