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Old 05-25-2016, 06:03 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by Art View Post
Tollycraft we have tapers from approx 1.5" thick in its bow bottom section down to 3/4 " thick on sides toward transom.

One main reason there are sooooo many classic FRP boats still in good condition, besides owners' care, is the rugged way they were constructed. IMO... in 2016 there are several old 60 to 100 year old wood boats still on the water, but, during the next 100 + + years there will be Many Many old FRPs still on the water.
Maybe.

Many of the FG hulls were over built super strong, but the remainder of the boat wasn't. If you look at the demise of so many FG boats, it's not hull failure but the cost of rebuilding or replacing decks, cabin structure, wiring, plumbing, ect.........unless you can do it yourself (no labor cost).

There are yards full of abandoned boats that aren't economically feasible to rebuild relative to what they are worth. Seems there is a thread every few weeks about a nightmare survey that makes a boat economically worthless with a perfectly good hull.

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