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Originally posted by stuarthop

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

therefore defeating the object of a grp boat in the first place

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Post Options Post Options   Quote stuarthop Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Jun 05 at 3:53pm
not really as a grp boat is far more versitile and easier to repair than a wooden one

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how are they more versitile or easy to repair?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jpbuzz591 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Jul 05 at 9:49am
cause u just shove some gelcoat on them
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which is the same or harder than just shoving paint on em
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jpbuzz591 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Jul 05 at 2:59pm
but if u take a chip/chunk out of the hull, apinting over it wont hide it will it? while a GRP u just build it back up again
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Or cut around the hole, chamfer the edges and put a new panel in.  No extra weight from layers of filler and still as solid as you'll ever need it to be.  Plus I'm fairly happy messing around with positions of blocks in my wooden fireball - think i'd be a bit more reserved with the screwdriver if it was grp

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How competitive a boat stays is decided under a lot of parameters. Hull construction is the major consideration but that is also coupled with crew competence. As a class becomes more developed, it is is more dependant on hull integritory as the crew competance generalises at a higher level. However certain curcumstances may buck the trend. Within my sailing experience, classes like the Laser 5000 (my old class) and the 4000,offer the best playing field with older boats beating the newer boats. Laser 4000, 4015 has always been one of the top boats in Europe. 5071,my old boat was always quick due to good boat handling and tuning although being an "older" boat. We also beat many new 420s  in a 20+ year old boat purely through good boat handling skills. When we sailed a 3 year 420, we beat all the skiffs across the water due to the prevailing  conditions. I can see your point when you ask how long does a boat stay fast? But you have to consider how well it has been sailed, in what sort of conditions and how well you are going to sail it plus all the structurioral details aswell..........

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My 1989 Cherub just won an open meeting so they can stay fast for a long time!

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PS But it did gain a new deck, carbon rig and racks this year.  And a new kite, main and jib.  Which were a lot bigger than the old ones.

PPS Oh yeah and another wire.

PPPS Oh and Steve Irish was driving it.

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