I posit that all makes from that era are essentially handmade items and exposed to similar QI issues, making them hard to really compare, and that as there is no universally recognized system, this seems somewhat unfair to the Pearson cousins as they seem to get singled out with this, with rarely any other U.S. company other than Hinkley,
Thoughts from the rest?
Also- if you were to attempt to make a FRP boat from this era last forever, how do you do it(setting aside those of you that would say why bother- this isn't meant as a referendum on their value. Suffice that many of us like these old, slow, pretty boats and want to play caretaker to these antiques.)? And what structural upgrades could you retrofit to make them 'superior'?
I think you're right, many of the more popular old (mostly CCA era design) boats were largely hand built and are hard to compare. But the hulls seem to be well enough built(so far, so good).
A Hinckley was probably built better than most. And Hinckley did use high quality parts that help the boats endure.
But I think it is the design of a B40, or many of these older boats, that has held their popularity, not a(perceived by some)superior structural quality.
The more popular older boats I'm aware of are still strong and don't need structural upgrades. They benefit greatly by new systems, especially sail handling, to get the most out of them, and endless cosmetics.
You're right, again, on the 'caretaker' remark: many of the more popular CCA glass boats have had many owners. Those of us that own them today may not even be the middle owner.
Some designs -new and old- aren't likely to endure this same test of time, no matter how well they are(or aren't) built.