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Re: Make of sailboat in Talented Mr. Ripley???
Actually, I believe it was in the mid-70's when there was an article in one of the sailing magazines about the Polyester Mite. The good old Teredo, better known as the naval shipworm, had acquired a taste for fiberglass since wooden boats were becoming quite rare. You go Darwin, you go guy...
The article suggested that since teak was impervious to the Teredo, all new fiberglass boats should have their bottoms sheathed with teak. This caused quite a stir in the industry, as you can imagine, as it would dramatically increase the price of a new fiberglass boat.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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