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Old 04-23-2011
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Question To the Darkside with Vaitses

Ahoy all,
The owners of Sara B, 38 foot Tancook schooner ( pictured on Wikipedia) are going over to the darkside with The Big Coverup. They'll be nice and warm down in Wooden Boat Hell. Before they go, they're interested in hearing from anyone else who tried Vaitses method of sheathing an old boat with multiple layers of glass and mat. Visit schooner Sara B on Facebook for more info and pics so far.
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I have not tried the Vaitses method, but I have owned a wooden boat sheathed in glass. Well, four of them, but only one that wasn't built that way. I know that the rap on sheathing is that it will cause rot. The boat I owned was a phillipine mahogany sloop, built in '61, sheathed around '75. She was covered hull, deck and cabin, excluding only the iron keel. I bought her in '91, sailed her til '98. No sign the the sheathing ever hurt her. I've also been aboard Sara B. I looked at her in Freeport when she was for sale.
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