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Last I checked, all fiberglass boats are cold-molded... Are you talking about a cold-molded wood/fiberglass laminate boat, similar to the West System used by the Gougeon brothers??
The cold-molded wood boats, similar to the Gougeon brothers boats, are not considered fiberglass boats, but cold-molded wood laminate boats, as the majority of the strength and construction comes from wood laminate. The epoxy used in their construction is primarily to protect the wood and act as an adhesive. In a standard fiberglass boat, the majority of the strength comes from either the fiberglass or the fiberglass and the core, depending on whether it is solid fiberglass or cored fiberglass laminate.
I doubt that a boat made in 1967 is really any different from most of the boats made in the sixties and seventies. The knowledge level of the technology used in making GRP laminate boats back then was still quite limited.
Sounds like the seller is blowing smoke IMHO. It would be helpful if you said what the make/model/build of the boat was, as different boats had different reputations for quality of construction and durability. Also, be aware that you are discussing a boat that is 40 years old, with 40 year old technology, and that recent advances in laminate technology make modern laminates far superior, in many ways, to what was available 40 years ago.
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