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Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:02 pm

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Please forgive this 83 year old for almost repeating a post I did last year. Back in 1974, I had two or three months of sailing experience, mostly on an all teak 34' Cheoy Lee Lion. I found many soft spots even after the survey. GRP, after it is laid, you just forget about it.
In 1974 I was in the maintenance dept. as a planner at the Univ. Calif. Santa Barbara. I made 10K a year! I lived in a DIY boat yard with my honey and we built by our selves a 50' 23 ton cutter yawl The "Daedalus". 40 years after launching in 1977, here's an aerial video of her, solid as a rock with daily sailing as a 23 passenger charter. I wonder how much wood I would have had to replace in all those years?
We both sailed our 50 footer from San Francisco to the Alabama Gulf Coast in 1983 and never looked back.
Since I sold her in 2002, I have built several small boats out of GRP and have owned several larger GRP sailboats. I now own the worlds most beautiful small sailboat (to me!) a GRP 1981 Blackwatch 19 gaff cat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0G7auDMHoBY https://flic.kr/p/HbcMAe

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