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How old is too old II: Design
There's another thread around that I was just reading, a discussion on how old you can reasonably shop for plastic boats, and how long they'll hold up. The conclusions seem to be that the actual age doesn't matter much when compared to the upkeep and condition of the boat over it's life. Fair enough, that makes sense.
Now disregarding maintenance and condition, but considering design, construction techniques and materials instead, how old is too old? I'm sure there have been breakthroughs in hull and rig design - when did they work their way into recreational sailboat plans? Fibreglass got weaker in the 70s because of the materials used during the oil crisis - did it ever rebound? Around what year did it start to get weaker?
An example of what I'm looking for is the spade rudder - apparently it used to be somewhat prone to falling off - is it still? I'm sure there are many other, more important points as well.
Mate - S/V Passing Cloud, Victoria, BC