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09-19-2013 10:39 AM
Pegu club
Re: Fiberglass ..classic??

My "classic plastic" is 38 years old. Its going to Block Island early next week to start a week or so long cruise. Luckily me and the Admiral have not had to do all that much maintenance, the PO kept her in "Bristol" condition,

Its all about if you like the boat or not, people restore all sorts of things, it works if it makes you feel happy with what you do with it, thats all that matters.
09-18-2013 08:58 PM
i_amcdn
Re: Fiberglass ..classic??

Quote:
Originally Posted by jameswilson29 View Post


ANSWER: I am sure you are familiar with the classic P.T. Barnum quotation....
Except PT Barnum never said it....

HistoryBuff.com -- P. T. Barnum Never Did Say "There's a Sucker Born Every Minute"
09-18-2013 07:32 PM
Christian Williams
Re: Fiberglass ..classic??

What sort of claim can made for fiberglass? T

Count the wooden boats still around?
09-18-2013 11:16 AM
zeehag
Re: Fiberglass ..classic??

my borracho derelict repair guy has to live also---i knew of his work from 1998 to present and i met him in a strange place 4000miles from his home of origin -- he sails a derelict and works well on mine--now his is less derelict and mine is also.

i would encourage others not to tell a book by its cover. the cobblers kids are barefoot, remember????

the mds kids are sick with flu,

and the boat repair guy has a scruffty boat--clean and tidy but derelict looking.

judge not lest you be judged and you dont know what you find in the bush until you find it an d resuscitate it.

in sd---there are no workers i trust except my former neighbor. lol also a broke ass former housing framer. lol... has carpal tunnel so he can no longer work and as his work was under table many years,jhas no ability to gain income from ssdi fro his loss of working ability.

you gonna go to a rich ******* with high prices for the union or are you going to help some of those who actually need it and who have skills to do the work.

unfortunately, i have experienced the reaction of knowing those rich souls havent the skills --they supply an alleged service to souls needy of repairs and many dont have the ability to effect same. yeah yeah yeah warrantee----rodlmao--

-one only NEEDS a warrantee if the work is foul to start with.


like you are going to go 3000 miles just to effect a warranted service??? get real folks--is marine work. YOU WONT BE THERE--so why do they have to do decent work????

at least my derelict worker doesnt drink on work days. he sails with me until engine and fuel delivery are in decent shape and safe so the work is good to begin with ...he has own boat which is now better in appearance-- even tho appearance means nothing. havent you figgered that out yet????

break down in this area and i will watch as you seek the well known only diesel repair guy available and known in area--yes he is pricey!!!----rodlmao--you will be here forever as that guy sukks. his work is reputed to sukk , and that sukks. good trap.

i am not on a schedule, nor is he---my schedule of sorts is made by my repair guy whose value is beyond gold. when he wants day off--he gets a month if need be--attitude is everything. he has effected reasonable repairs for awesomely reasonable fees and i can pay as i am paid. we neither one has a schedule to keep nor appointments to attend...lol...he knows not to die before finishing my boat--and we have a lot of work yet to do --and as long as is mutually beneficial he will do my work as we can both live comfortably down here as long as work is done well and boat is safe.

.this is cruising, not sitting as a dock queen waiting on alleged friends for cocktails on the fan deck.
09-18-2013 04:39 AM
jamesjle
Re: Fiberglass ..classic??

Repair guys skill can fairly accurately be measured by the condition of their work boat. Often the more derelict the boat the better the craftsman.
09-17-2013 01:30 PM
SloopJonB
Re: Fiberglass ..classic??

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Originally Posted by zeehag View Post
ES[PECIALLY if the owner of the old plastic boat finds a dcent derelict repair guy in strange pair a dice-ical places..
Do you get satisfactory work out of those derelict repair guys? I've always found them to be unreliable due to intoxication.
09-17-2013 01:26 PM
SloopJonB
Re: Fiberglass ..classic??

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Originally Posted by jamesjle View Post
You have a point, I'm sure you enjoy having a minority position. Perhaps we will just have to wait 50 or 60 years to get to the truth of the matter. Sadly I will not be here to crow if right.

By the way, and far be it for an Australian to query, was'nt the original axe in the head and handle parable the property of George Washington.
We've already passed the 50 year mark for production glass boats (Aeromarine Bounty) and they are floating just fine - without ANY new planks or sistered ribs or new deck beams or deadwood.

As to the axe - probably but I've heard it attributed to many historical figures, farmers, carpenters etc. It's a nice apocrypha (is that a word?).
09-17-2013 01:26 PM
zeehag
Re: Fiberglass ..classic??

when hull is shot--if fg--there are others--find a good one.
09-17-2013 12:54 PM
unimacs
Re: Fiberglass ..classic??

Quote:
Originally Posted by zeehag View Post
doesnt have to be famous to be saved--if someone likes it , there is a market and therefore why scrap a perfectly strong hull just because it is slower than those new things that havent much character. they all look same.
some folks like deep slow and steady solid bricks of boats. some love the sleek new look and style that is easier care there are boats for everyone.
and some really decent boats do not even have large price tags--
the price doesnt reflect the true value--which is a subjective thing and not measurable.
I agree. I was only talking about the instance where the hull is basically shot. When a boat has reached a certain level of damage or decay it becomes cheaper, more practical to get something else.

Only if the boat is particularly special for some reason could it make sense to save it at that point. Personally I don't like things getting destroyed if they can be saved but there are always economic realities to contend with.
09-17-2013 12:44 PM
zeehag
Re: Fiberglass ..classic??

doesnt have to be famous to be saved--if someone likes it , there is a market and therefore why scrap a perfectly strong hull just because it is slower than those new things that havent much character. they all look same.
some folks like deep slow and steady solid bricks of boats. some love the sleek new look and style that is easier care there are boats for everyone.
and some really decent boats do not even have large price tags--
the price doesnt reflect the true value--which is a subjective thing and not measurable.

if you wish to gain return on an investment---buy a nice edsel or a beautiful enzo designed now classic ferrari.

or a newly discovered picasso
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