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Old 10-23-2001
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Opinions Please: 1940''''s Wood vs. 1960''''s Fiberglass

I do not know how much effort it would take to maintain a wooden boat in the Great Lakes area. I have a 30'' Cal built in 1969. It is in very good shape. It has had upgrades over the years. (diesel engine, lines led aft, winch upgrades, electronics, etc. For your budget, you should be able to find a glass boat that has had upgrades, but plan on doing more. (I am looking to replace my standing rigging in the spring. Boats from this era were often overbuilt, as FRP was relatively new in boat design. My hull is solid glass and very thick. There is no oil canning, it is stiff and fast. I am most happy. My fear of wood is simply that I have not owned one. Like a previous reply, I would be afraid that I would miss something, let it go, and have a difficult time getting it back.

Matt
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