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I do not think that all FRP hulls have finite lifespans; paradoxically, some of the oldest are the heaviest built and may outlast most newer ones. I have a Bermuda 40, launched in 1960. Blue Chantey has had 3 owners and 3 auxiliary engines, god knows how many sails (although I have a nice old nylon mizzen staysail with the date 1964 on it that still does the job), and has been refitted with wiring, tanks and various devices beyond numbering.
As for the hull (B40 #10), I removed the original jellcoat a few years ago and replaced it - the old one became cracked. The substrate, however, tested to be as sound as the day(s) it was first rolled into the mould. No core, of course, just matt and roving, layor after layor, including the deck.
As for myself, I would prefer an older boat if for no other reason than the new ones, with a few exceptions, do not reflect my personal idea of what a boat should look like.
Best of luck in your boat hunting.
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