GRP 37ft - strong enough for true offshore passages?

Discussion in 'Sailboats' started by mattplowman, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. mattplowman
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    mattplowman Junior Member

    i am looking at a kiwi built 37ft yachr - everything seems to add up but have had comments that GRP is not really a true offshore material - ie can it really take an extended beating in heavy weather in the middle of nowhere?

    any thoughts,advice and/or experiences would be greatly appreciated

    thanks in advance
     
  2. Seafarer24
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    Seafarer24 Sunset Chaser

    Who on earth have you been talking to? The vast majority of offshore vessels are constructed of this material.
     
  3. Landlubber
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    Yeah, come on mattplowman, surely you must have read about hundreds of cruising yachts built in glass. Kiwi built boats specifically are usually very well built, they do not sail them in those waters on ponds only you know.

    37 feet is a nice size for a cruising boat, no worries. Subject to all the usual off shore requirements being built in of course.
     
  4. mattplowman
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    mattplowman Junior Member

    cheers guys, appreciate it

    comments were made by old sea dog how has been around the world more then once.....on a steel yacht
     
  5. lazeyjack

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    owners of steelyachts are notoriously biases, I had once once so I know!! Sure nothing beats steel when you are grounded on coral But there are some glass boats out there that are as heavy as steel. Surveyor in NZ? Ray Beale
     
  6. Seafarer24
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    Seafarer24 Sunset Chaser

    Ah yes, Steel. Pound for pound the most flexible substance to build a stiff hull with :rolleyes:
     

  7. charmc
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    charmc Senior Member

    Reeds, leather, wood, iron, steel, aluminum, concrete, plywood, GRP; all have made countless successful offshore vessels, and all have made boats that perished.

    Design and construction determine the boat's suitability; material of construction dictates some differences in maintenance procedures.

    Get a good surveyor.
     
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