25 yr old foam sandwich constructed sailboat

Discussion in 'Fiberglass and Composite Boat Building' started by jksoft, Jun 25, 2007.

  1. jksoft
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    jksoft Junior Member

    I have the opportunity to purchase a sailboat, approximately 25 yrs old, that is built with foam sandwich construction. It was designed and built as a racing boat and even won a trans atlantic race. My question is in regard to the longevity of this type of construction. I realize most racers like this are designed with a short lifespan in mind and it seems that this one may be pushing the limits, but as far as I know, it is still structurually sound. It has not been surveyed yet. Knowing what you know about this construction method, would you even look at this boat? I plan to use it for daysailing and cruising here in the Caribbean, but I don't want something that has exceeded its useful life expectancy.
     
  2. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    The only real advise is to seek a good surveyor, as you know the other obvious things to consider about a worn down racer. The method is sound, but every method can have issues of some sort develop, for a host of reasons, which is why you need the survey.
     
  3. rturbett
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    rturbett Senior Member

    Don't forget that as a racer, the boat was worked hard. Survey time.
     

  4. the1much
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    the1much hippie dreams

    the first thing i would check is the keel weight, alot of them racers are FREAKS , lol and take alot of wieght out of the keel to make the boat lighter
     
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