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Re: Fiberglass ..classic??

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Are old Fiberglass boats worth refurbishing and preserving, even the best of them??

It's easy to understand preservation of classic timber yachts, an old Fife could theoretically live for hundreds of years, to increasing acclaim. What sort of claim can made for fiberglass? Even the best usually have indifferent craftsmanship under the covering boards and head liners. Will the hull/deck last for more than a few decades? In other words do the returns inevitably diminish to zero?

I would really appreciate a believable justification having recently spent a lot of time, effort, etc doing all of the above.
FWIW my brother's fiberglass boat will soon headed into it's 6th decade and I have no reason to believe there wouldn't be a 7th after that. It could easily outlast him assuming there will be somebody willing to take care of it.

As for the increasing acclaim part, well... unless a boat was something special to begin with, it probably won't be that special 20, 30, 40, 50 years down the road. From an investment standpoint the problem is that there are a lot of old boats out there that can be had dirt cheap. One reason for that is that fiberglass is easily repaired and can last quite a long time. The other reason is that they're expensive to maintain and keep. After awhile for some folks selling becomes more attractive than keeping.

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I think the takeaway here is next time ask that question before you start your next project.
A bit off topic, but I'm always amazed by the number of people who do this. They'll buy a boat and then AFTERWARDS come here to ask if it was a good choice for their intended purposes. Or put a new engine in their boat and then come here AFTERWARDS to ask if it's the right size, a good choice, whatever.

Once the deed is done, it is pretty pointless to start asking if doing it was a good decision. At that point the only useful questions revolve around how to live with the actions you've already taken, not whether or not they were good actions to take in the first place.
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my classic plastic boat is 50 years old this year. as hull number 110, it is the 20th SeaSprite 23 built (they skipped numbers 11 through 100) and in my eyes, prettier than any of the floating condos out there. It's small, cramped, and slow, but is extremely seaworthy and seakindly

And above all else, it's mine and I love it
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Re: Fiberglass ..classic??

Fiberglass boats have been around for a while and some of the very early boats are still going strong. They fact that if they are cared for, they seem to be able to stick around forever should be good motivation to help preserve them. Maybe in the future some other materials will come about that make fiberglass seem as old as wood. Then our boats will really be classics.
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my classic plastic boat is 50 years old this year. as hull number 110, it is the 20th SeaSprite 23 built (they skipped numbers 11 through 100) and in my eyes, prettier than any of the floating condos out there. It's small, cramped, and slow, but is extremely seaworthy and seakindly

And above all else, it's mine and I love it
My brother's boat (mentioned above) is an Ensign which from what I understand is quite similar to the Sea Sprite. It's a nice looking boat. He keeps it on a lake and doesn't have a proper trailer so putting it in the water and getting it out is always an adventure. Stepping the mast involves towing the boat (in the water) to a small bridge and having 2 or 3 people lower the mast from the bridge while 1 person on the boat guides the mast through the cabin roof onto the step mounted on the cabin floor.

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unless a boat was something special to begin with, it probably won't be that special 20, 30, 40, 50 years down the road. .

A lot of wooden boats fall into that same catagory. Once upon a time, 90% of all the boats were workboats. When they got old or damaged, the scrapped the good stuff off and burned the hull. A number of Chesapeake Skipjacks got burnt when the oyster beds died off. Boats today that would be worth a lot and be chereshed, were just old workboats that were nothing special and nobody thought twice about sending them to the boneyard to die

When I was growing up, there as a marina near my house. It's all condos now. On the "back lot" were a number of old wooden cabin cruisers. Some of them were beautiful, (one even looked like the ss minnow) and when the marina closed down and was sold to a developer, all those boats got bulldozed into the ground and hauled off
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Re: Fiberglass ..classic??

James,
It seems you own a Nautor (Swan) 42' which is quite a boat.
It is like the Rolls Royce of sailboats.
Be happy with your choices.
Or not.
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Re: Fiberglass ..classic??

The short answer is YES...
Here is mine near on finished now.
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Re: Fiberglass ..classic??

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Are old Fiberglass boats worth refurbishing and preserving, even the best of them??

It's easy to understand preservation of classic timber yachts, an old Fife could theoretically live for hundreds of years, to increasing acclaim. What sort of claim can made for fiberglass? Even the best usually have indifferent craftsmanship under the covering boards and head liners. Will the hull/deck last for more than a few decades? In other words do the returns inevitably diminish to zero?

I would really appreciate a believable justification having recently spent a lot of time, effort, etc doing all of the above.
Did you enjoy the process? Are you happy with the results? If you can answer "Yes" then that is all the justification you need (assuming the rest of your life didn't go down the toilet in the meantime).

Even if the answer is "No", if you at least learned something valuable that will help you down the road it still may turn out to be a worthwhile endeavor. Sometimes it's the mistakes that help us out most in the end.
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Re: Fiberglass ..classic??

What sort of claim can made for fiberglass? T

Answer: They still sail as good as the day they were new. I can't think of a better claim for a sailboat.
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