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post #6 of Old 01-10-2007
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I can understand why lighter and stronger composite materials are specified for today's hulls and decks, over the heavier, solid laid glass used on "quality" traditionally built boats. It is also obvious why more and more plastics, "faux" woods and plated pot metals are used below decks on some production boats - replacing "quality", traditional boat materials like solid teak, mahogany & bronze. Melamine laminated panels are typically substituted for hardwood veneered marine plywood at bulkheads and casework.

Although associated with interiors reminiscent of cheap RVs, these substitute materials have been used for decades, because they cost less, are more forgiving during fabrication and of course, have a direct effect on the builder's bottom line profits. The reasons for all of this are no mystery to the average cost-conscious boat consumer.

However, the level of design intelligence is very suspect when non impervious materials such MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) are selected for use anywhere on a boat. It is a sad state when greed and stupidity begin to control boat design, longevity and pride of ownership.

True Blue . . .
sold the Nauticat

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