Re: Life Span of a Boat
It is an economical and cultural question imo, not a technical one.
The basis, the fiberglas hull, should live for ever (in humon concepts, very shortly in concepts of the life of the universe) if it is build properly. All the other stuff need to be replaced once every few decades. These things are rather expensive, but it is technically and economically feasible when for example these replacements required by age on an old boat cost you 2000$ per year (that is a new engine, rigging, sails and small stuff every 20 years) while a new boat of the same size costs 200.000$ and loses almost all of that value in 30 years.
The boat dies when these parts are more expensive than the value of the boat in good condition (with all these parts being in a good condition for at least a bunch of years to come) The value of boats of old boats purely depends on the ratio of people who like to buy shiny new stuff and support the production of more boats compared to those who prefer to buy an older boat. (even if its only a few years older)
This in turn also depends on the demographics of boaters. When there are many people who like boats in one decade and tons are build but boating gets out of fashion the next, boats will lose value fast and thus die young. Otherway around and they may never die.
Last edited by Arjen; 02-04-2013 at 10:30 AM.