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Old 07-18-2011
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Theyre all composite

Composite means, literally, a combination of two or more materials. Say, for instance, fiberglass and polyester resin. Or any other two or more things you could name. It's meaningless when used to describe any boat except an old fashioned plank on frame all wood boat.
Almost all "fiberglass" boats have decks and cabin tops cored with end-grain balsa, plywood, or foam. Otherwise decks are either too flimsy or too heavy. Take a light hammer or a screwdriver handle and tap all the way around every single thing fastened to the deck. If they go "thud" instead of "bonk!" run, do not walk, away. Repairing delaminated decks with rotted core is major, major.
Look honestly at your age and commitment. You are considering a major and potentially very expensive undertaking. People have succeeded and been proud and happy. People have failed. Only you can judge your own chances.

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Good honest advice and from real experience. Maybe I should be looking at an RV instead? NAW - same problems and it would never sail to the Bahamas without leaking. lol...

My friend with the Gulfstar 50' is SUPER handy and committed. He has rebuilt engines, played with fiberglass like he invented it, rewired, rebuilt a kitchen and teak floors, etc. He told me anyone who can screw in a lightbulb can do it too. I just shook my head.

IF I can find a decent boat in my price range that I can LIVE aboard while working on it, that would be great. I am not in a position to haul it anywhere or keep it in the dockyard to repair it, while continuing to maintain a home or even apartment. Sure, I will have it pulled to work on it for under a month, but NOT for an extended period. The clash of my budget and fantasy with the reality of what's available may kill the idea altogether. But, with some studying, patience, advice from those before me and perseverance, I think I'll find the right boat for me.

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The #1 thing you have to learn is the massive difference in repiar/refit cost as boats get bigger even the 37 at your small end and the 45 at the big are worlds apart in the cost of most everything onboard
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