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Question Make of sailboat in Talented Mr. Ripley???

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I am wondering if anyone knows the make and model of the sailboat "Bird" in the movie, Talented Mr. Ripley?
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It might be a Hinckley, similar to the one pictured here
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Thanks, RickQuann

That is one beautiful boat!!! It sure is close to the one in the movie. I don't have an educated eye. I do recall the top of the door slide back. And the rudder control. As you can tell, I don't know the proper terms.

I will look Hinckley up.

I am curious if modern fiberglass is impervious to the various forms of marine life and worms that clamped onto and/or ate a wooden ship's hulls?

I can't discern if this hull is a wooden hull painted white or is white fiberglass?
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I am curious if modern fiberglass is impervious to the various forms of marine life and worms that clamped onto and/or ate a wooden ship's hulls?

I can't discern if this hull is a wooden hull painted white or is white fiberglass?
The hull is fiberglass...no worries about worms but barnacles and algae/weed growth are still big issues so that is why anti-fouling paint is used on the hull BELOW the waterline and renewed every year or two.
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Most sailboats have a sliding companionway hatch, so that isn't a very distinguishing feature to focus on.

As for fiberglass... it is not edible to the teredo worms, which would eat a wooden hull, but the barnacles and such find it a dandy surface to live on...so a copper-based anti-fouling paint is usually used, to prevent the boat from becoming a floating reef.

Given that the boat in the photo appears to have a wooden mast and deck/cabintop, the boat's hull could be either wood or fiberglass, and that it appears to be an older boat, it is probably wood. However, most fiberglass boats have masts of aluminum or more recently, carbon fiber.
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Thanks, guys. Y'all have been very informative.
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