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    Posted: 10 Mar 05 at 11:29am

I sail a GP14 and within the class lots of people believe that the GRP boats after about two years loose there edge and become less competitive. If you look after the boat well what would be the reasons for the reduction in speed? Does anyone have any views on this?  

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Wow never heard tha one before. But I have heard dtuff about the boats being good on diferent legs as GRP and wood flex diferently, so react diferently on diferent legs. the amaount that the boats flex may change over time so this my take the edge off the GRP boats.

I dont realy know the answer, but would be interested in anyone elses reasons.

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Tends to be the nut on the end of the tiller, or so I've been told.......

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Thats what I thought, some 420's sailors seem to have a similar opinion and dont like to keep there boats for much more than a season. I think some people belive GRP boats go soft with age and becomes more flexable but i dont understand why. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote KnightMare Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Mar 05 at 6:45pm

Originally posted by Granite

When the boat flexes both the resin and the fibers strech the problem with Polyester resin boats is that the resin is not quite as stretchy as the glass so as the boat flexes you get micro cracking of the resin. this is largely what makes a boat go soft with age.

that seems to be the consensus in the other thread.

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most boats only lose there speed after long and extensive sailing in them!!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote redback Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Mar 05 at 11:04pm

I've owned 2 Lasers and I'm sure the first (numbered somewhere over 68000) was stiffer than my more recent (numbered just over 100000).  It was very obviuos when righting from a capsize, the new one would flex if you pushed against the hull with your knee.  It also gradually acquired cracks in the gel coat in the cockpit floor.

I now sail a Laser4000, the hulls are notorioulsy tough and some old ones in the fleet are still very competitive.  These were the first hulls Laser built in foam sandwich and I think they may have erred on the conservative side.

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yer the 4000 has a bullet proof hull. 
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iv heard that grp boats become slower as they age. this is why all the tp boats in our fleet are made out of wood. the only grp boat in the top 10 is  1 year old all the rest are in the 30s or less. i find wodden boats hold there structure alot longer and firmness. they also look better than "plastic boats" i have a laser as well and you can really tell the diffrence on the wear and tear of the boat
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Post Options Post Options   Quote stuarthop Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Mar 05 at 5:08pm
what i've found is that as long as you look after most grp boats properly and dry them out after sailing keep them in a garage whenever possible they stay competitive for nearly as long as a wooden boat

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