Originally Posted by XTR
I seem to recall that I saw somewhere that the Formosa yard was about the lowest quality of the Taiwan yards in that era.
there were few yards and some different families making these boats. there is a lot of bad rap given to these boats--- the decks leaked-- but that isnt a big deal-- mine the decks were removed and glassed over. hans christian decks leak,also-- guess what- they , too were and are , made in taiwan. in , yes, he same yards used to build formosas and ct and hardin sea wolf.
most folks donot know how to handle teak wood decking or other areas. therefore the boats got bad mouthed. there are many stories about many boats. doesnt mean the boat is bad. these boats may have flaw or two--by this time they are ironed out -- with mine-- the wrong person did refitting of the boat-- some stuff was done well and some not done well.
in all older boats there are problems with chain plates, tanks, decks, what have you. they are older boats. would you pick up a 1955 chevy and expect it to get you across country-- before a restoration???
the ply wood used in the creation of these boats was phillipine mahogany. it rots easily ..like pine. is soft. is replaceable.
these are good sturdy boats that can handle seas and winds. they can be had for lots of money or for little money. you can put into them a lot or a little money. when everything works, these are awesome boats.
mine is 1976. my plywood core is perfect. my coach house is perfect. yeah, my windows leak--lol--- ports dont. i need chain plates-- hay, boat is 1976 built-- this is time for that in any boat. i love mine and i wouldnt hesitate to sail her anywhere.