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Re: Chris Craft Sailboat Question
All the Chris Craft sailboats I've seen around here (and there's quite a few as they were built about 30 miles down the road in Holland, MI) appeared to have a glass deck and house. Looking at the photos on Google, I don't remember ever seeing the 35 center cockpit in person. Those bright finished cabin sides sure do look like a wood deck and house. I have seen wood inlayed into a glass cabin to give it that appearance, but I don't know if anyone would have been doing that in 1964.
On a 50 year old boat, however, I think the care the boat was given would be more important than the original construction material. You could have a poorly maintained glass deck with a mushy, delaminated core or a well maintained wood deck still in perfect condition. One of the advantages of wood is any damage that does occur can be easier to repair without leaving any trace. Core rot and delamination in glass sneaks up on you and by time it shows itself it's catastrophic. The only way to tell is to inspect the boat and better yet have it surveyed. I wouldn't dismiss the boat just because the deck may be wood without checking it out first.
Last edited by capt jgwinks; 11-13-2014 at 06:46 PM.