Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: CT/ Long Island Sound
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This boat could be a gem, or it could be a total nightmare. Luders built moulded plywood boats in Connecticut (like the Luders 16) with a special process that involved heating the entire hull in a huge oven in order to set off the glue. The glue and construction is incredibly strong, but if moisture has gotten into the laminates... ouch. The photos showing what looks like a series of checkmarks on the topsides give me pause, therefore. Water may have gotten in there and be rotting out and delaminating the wood, if that's what those marks are. It would be a good idea to get a copy of Hewitt Schlereth's book on inspecting a used boat and apply what he says to this boat. After that if you're satisfied, you might want to make an offer, subject to a thorough survey by a competent professional. You're right that a wooden 1946 boat may have issues -- but it could also be a wonderful boat with issues that you can handle.