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I have thought about replying to this thread for a day or so and finally came to a conclusion that I needed to make a point not made.

Jeff is correct in his history of fiberglass boats and there construction, however, as a person who made his daily bread working fiberglass and doing boat repair in yards there is the issue of quality. Each boat is different, while as a group one can say so-and-so is a good builder of boats and another not so good, even the good makers produce not so good boats occassionally; sometimes more often than occassionally. PR departments make an image, the ones building the boats sometimes have no vested interest in that which they are creating. That is why boats from the orient vary so much in quality.

And regarding boats made in the "First World", most everyone knows or has heard the story of cars made on Mondays versus cars made on Wednesdays. The same is true of boats. So many variables to consider. Just addressing all of them would take a long posting. How many companies built Islander Yachts or Cal? How many hands did the molds pass thru? Kendall became Westsail. Wayfarer Yachts (producer of the Islander series) produced boats of high enough quality that when they went bankrupt the next company who bought the molds kept the Islander name. And that continued for several manufacturers of the Islander(s). So can one say Islanders are good boats or bad boats? Were boats built while the companies were doing well better built? Did the quality suffer as lean years made for less profit? Were they built with inexperienced workers or an experienced crew who knew what they were doing?

So general statements are just that, general. Once a buyer makes a decision of a design each boat needs to be looked at as individual. Is a well built old boat better than a poorly built boat using newer technology?

And then there is also the issue of use and abuse. There is the test of time. One could assume that poorer built boats would have their flaws revealed and been culled out and therefore have less likelihood of surviving 30 plus years of use. "Use" being the key word.

Bests,
Wiley
 
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