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Old 12-30-2001
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Wooden Schooner

Broken ribs where you can see them make me wonder about the ones you can''t see. Fiberglassing can strengthen the hull (like Curlew, the 100yr-old Bristol Channel Cutter), but there are lots of variables with how the fiberglass stays attached to the hull and what condition the hull itself is actually in. Even if the broker''s a nice guy, get a good surveyor, knowledgable about wooden boats, to go over the boat carefully with you and point out what''s wrong with it. There may not be much, or it may not be worth calling the fire department to put out the fire if it burns.
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