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Fiberglass Hull Lifespan?

Old 05-12-2019, 08:31 AM
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Originally Posted by 71Outrage View Post
Hand laid fiberglass hulls from quality builders will last forever. But your decision should be around how much $ is required for mechanical, electrical and cosmetic repairs. If new tanks, engines, wiring, electronics, paint etc is required, you can easily spend far more than what a newer boat would cost. For some classic boats like Bertram, Hatteras, etc all that may be worth it to the owner. But don’t underestimate the cost of refurbishing an old boat.
Water can get into any laminate. If it does, the builders name and his methods go out the window.
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Old 05-12-2019, 09:07 AM
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Quality lasts...…………...seriously in almost anything...…………...Sometimes things cost more money for a legitimate reason in life...………..sometimes...……….My hull is as good as the day it left the factory floor. actually lots of stuff on my boat is over 30 years old and original. Almost all the electric, plumbing, running gear, interior, bridge, fuel and water tanks, stove, battery charger, head, lots of stuff, all original. The Engines, gears, soft goods have all been changed. Things like pumps and stuff all changed. My buddy recently sold his 1977 35 Bertram that was also mostly original. I am very curious to see how todays "top tier" boats will look 30 years from now!
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