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Topic Review (Newest First)
08-02-2012 01:43 AM
Capt.aaron
Re: How old is too old

My boat is 47 years old and it's in better shape today than when it was built. West system coating, beefing up and maticulas maint.
08-02-2012 01:33 AM
CalebD
Re: How old is too old

Even brand new boats need some maintenance. Older boats generally need more, depending on how neglected they are.
It is all about how well maintained the boat has been kept during its years afloat.

That said, our 45 year old Tartan 27' is in good shape but after 10 years of ownership we may be installing a new head on the Atomic 4 because of an exhaust leak.

Ship happens.
08-01-2012 11:54 PM
Far Side
Re: How old is too old

I concur with CCRider. Be there when the surveyor arrives. And if possible hear what the owner says about his experience with the boat. Keep known issues to yourself till the surveyor completes his task. Once he sends his report collaborate your findings. Even then the both of you will more than likely miss a few issues.
Old boats are fun but challenging, find a few good books on maintenance. Likely you will expand your knowledge base.
08-01-2012 11:02 PM
smallboatlover
Re: How old is too old

my boat was made in 1973 and neglegted for many years i trust it. Don't worry about age unleess its junk
08-01-2012 10:43 PM
LinekinBayCD
Re: How old is too old

There is not much on a well made boat that can not be repaired or replaced. It's more a question of whether the cost of any repairs needed exceed the value of another boat.
08-01-2012 09:13 PM
sww914
Re: How old is too old

I'm 47 now and it feels like 50something will be too old.
08-01-2012 07:57 PM
SloopJonB
Re: How old is too old

Quote:
Originally Posted by TQA View Post
One plus for an older GRP boat is in those days the lay ups were often thicker. I have seen the plug that came out of bottom of a 77 CSY - it was 1 1/2 inches thick.
I daresay, in most cases they were a lot thicker than now. When I did the keel on my 1970 Columbia 43, the bottom in way of the keel bolts was 2" thick and that was from the bilge to the top of the recess the keel fit into - alongside that recess it was at least 2" thicker.
08-01-2012 06:35 PM
TQA
Re: How old is too old

One plus for an older GRP boat is in those days the lay ups were often thicker. I have seen the plug that came out of bottom of a 77 CSY - it was 1 1/2 inches thick.
08-01-2012 05:36 PM
Carl W
Re: How old is too old

Thanks for all the replies. I feel better. I agree that it is a combination of systems and each should be looked at. I will be sure to be there during the survey, hopefully all goes well if not there are others.
Carl
08-01-2012 03:39 PM
msmith10
Re: How old is too old

My boat's 35 years old now and in better shape than when I bought it 10 years ago. I, on the other hand, am also 10 years older and definitely not in better shape.
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