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Talking Concrete Catch

Hi All I am looking at a concrete catch that was built by Jean Luc Foriter. He built it in 1972 in Canada and it sailed till 2000. He sailed it to France two times and said that it would make 150 NM a day. I asked him how to fix the bad areas on the hull and he said that Epoxy past and paint would do that. I did not see any major damage on the hull. I think that the boat could be restored to sailing condition. It is a 36 foot catch with Volvo diesel 25 HP. I,m sure that it would be a big project. I'm not up on concrete boats, any info would be appropriated. I have pictures but I,m not smart enough to post them. We went to the boat and looked it over very good this time. We found that it is in bad shape. The steel under the concrete is rusting and cracking in places. That could be fixed, but in the stern there was two large frame plates that was eat up with rust that was also cracking the hull. I think the boat is on life support ,but would make a good fishing reef. I thought that I might make an offer of $2000.00 seal all the rust with Osfro and go sail for about two years then part it out. Then I remembered that I was old and fat and could only swim about a 100 YDS. In the day it was a great boat and it sailed 33,841 miles in 38 years. I think that if I were to build a boat like that today i would coat all the steel frame with Epoxy paint then add the concrete, it may last 60 or 70 years then.

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Look up ferro cement boats

It something that has been done right a FEW times but mostly done wrong

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Good luck with catching the ketch.


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There is a lot of info on ferrocement boats, nearly all bad. I would walk away.
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Most ferrocement boats, at least in the US, were poorly built and not very seaworthy or durable. They are difficult to get insured. Like any boat in bad shape, it probably has an actual negative value—that it would cost more to restore to good working order than it is worth.

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concrete KETCH --run like scalded dog!!!!


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Technically, that would be:

FERROCEMENT KETCH —run like a scalded dog...

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concrete KETCH --run like scalded dog!!!!

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Ferrocement or cement one floats slightly longer.marc
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Ferrocement or cement one floats slightly longer.marc
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Jack, if it has been a paperweight or a garden planter for the past ten years, read between the lines: There's something WRONG WITH IT.

Unless you want to take a bath, or try to become an overnight expert in the field of ferrocement boats, just assume an oddball boat is an oddball boat and there is some great and mystic reason why 99.9999% of the boating world will have nothing to do with them.
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