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plywood-epoxy construction

I am considering a custom 35'' sailboat constructed from plywood-epoxy. I would appreciate some insight about this type of construction. I plan to live aboard and sail from the great lakes south to the Florida keys and beyond. The boat has a shallow draft and the living space is adequate for my needs. I really want to know more about the construction and what to look for.
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plywood-epoxy construction

I think that you need to provide more detail because there are a number of contruction approaches that could loosely be called "plywood-epoxy" and they vary quite widely in their quality, and durability. Epoxy saturated cold molded plywood, in which individual veneers are laid up to create a hull that is in effect a single sheet of plywood can produce one of the strongest (for its weight), low maintenance, and most durable boat building techniques that there is. At the other extreme is a boat built from sheet plywood that is sealed with unreinforced epoxy resin, which is a pretty inexpensive way to build a boat but which is not all that strong or durable. There is an extremely wide range of variations in between.

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