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02-07-2013 10:09 PM
Brent Swain
Re: Life Span of a Boat

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I think the hardest part of laying your own hull up would be knowing where to lay it on extra thick and which areas get more glass.

The good news is.. for more money, you could always go CF. even if you don't vacuum bag it, it would still be stronger than FG
When a boat lays on her side on a beach , initially, the only two places which touch are the turn of the bilge and the bottom of the keel. You could build those areas up to several inches thick, using scraps, and it would drastically improve your chances of surviving a grounding. Until they broke up , the beach would never touch the rest of the hull. It would also have zero effect on performance.
That could easily be done to an older, single skin hull, not so easy on a cored hull.
02-07-2013 10:02 PM
Brent Swain
Re: Life Span of a Boat

Those with a huge financial stake in constant design changes, and the building of new boats, are highly unlikely to support the concept of older boats still being good cruising boats.
02-07-2013 08:47 PM
mad_machine
Re: Life Span of a Boat

working on the bottom, I might have to either farm out or do in small chunks. I have a problem with my right shoulder that makes it very sore to work overhead or if I pull my arm behind the centre line of my body.
02-07-2013 02:44 PM
SloopJonB
Re: Life Span of a Boat

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he took away my fear of rotted decks. I can do glassfibre work.. I had no idea how easy it was to cut off the upper layer, chipout/cleanout the old balsa, and replace
It's simple, not easy. I spent last summer doing patch repairs of the deck on my old 43'. Not much more complicated than making peanut butter sandwiches but I sweated off 30 unmissed Lbs doing it. As long as you are prepared to tackle a fairly big job there is nothing to fear about it.

I found stripping the bottom to the gelcoat, fairing and epoxy coating it to be as big a job and far harder due to having to work overhand.
02-07-2013 02:12 PM
mad_machine
Re: Life Span of a Boat

he took away my fear of rotted decks. I can do glassfibre work.. I had no idea how easy it was to cut off the upper layer, chipout/cleanout the old balsa, and replace
02-07-2013 12:12 PM
Rhapsody-NS27
Re: Life Span of a Boat

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Originally Posted by mad_machine View Post
look at what Lackey did with an old Pearson Triton hull

The Daysailor | Building a Classic Daysailor
I like looking at his main site at the project logs. I found his site from looking at certain models of boats and he just happened to restore one. Very good photo log of his work.
02-07-2013 10:43 AM
mad_machine
Re: Life Span of a Boat

look at what Lackey did with an old Pearson Triton hull

The Daysailor | Building a Classic Daysailor
02-07-2013 03:38 AM
SloopJonB
Re: Life Span of a Boat

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if you are going to do that.. why not just buy a really shabby boat that still has a decent hull/deck and strip and redo it how you want?
Exactly - when I bought my complete & floating Columbia 43 (that "demonstrated a high degree of deferred maintenance") a VERY similar bare hull moulding (no deck) from a local manufacturer would have cost 4X as much. Also, that was 10 years ago, before the big drop in used boat prices.

Building from a bare hull is virtually certain to be the most expensive way you can acquire a boat and it will take a BIG chunk out of your life, frequently including your wife and family.

Nowadays it makes no sense - buy something close with good bones and customize it.
02-06-2013 10:35 PM
mad_machine
Re: Life Span of a Boat

if you are going to do that.. why not just buy a really shabby boat that still has a decent hull/deck and strip and redo it how you want?
02-06-2013 09:39 PM
Rhapsody-NS27
Re: Life Span of a Boat

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I think the hardest part of laying your own hull up would be knowing where to lay it on extra thick and which areas get more glass.

The good news is.. for more money, you could always go CF. even if you don't vacuum bag it, it would still be stronger than FG
I was thinking it might be easier to find a company that can sell only a bare hull/deck kit and finish it out. I haven't found many places that do hull's only.
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