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Old 11-04-2013, 10:43 AM   #5
Nomad Willy
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FG plastic is not strong and light. It is heavy and weak.

Plywood is the strongest and lightest. Yes FG sheathed wood boats are better but will eventually de-laminate. If wood it's far better to be all wood.

But there are many kinds of strength. If your boat was to be beaten apart by waves or overloaded metal or plywood would be best. Running into a rock is a very different kind of strength. I remember when FG boats first came out they'd stand up a small boat and shoot a gun at it to demonstrate how strong it was. But FG boats are the first to fall apart if left on an exposed beach.

I think the biggest advantage w wood is lightness but that dosn't apply to most old planked boats.

Pau Hana I'm not pick'in on you .. I'm just disagreeing.
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