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does anyone know which boats are all composite no wood . first time boat buyer. « on: may 12, 2008, 10:26:02 am i am wanting to purchase a used boat and was wondering which companies offer all composite no wood boats, and how far back do they go the year being all composite looking to buy a 2000 up , possibly earlier if it is all
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the question s i have concern any wood used in a chaparral. my current boat has a rotten transom and i vowed never to own another boat with wood. i have done a lot of searching and it appears around 2004 time frame chaparral went to a no-wood construction, but recently has appeared to have gone back to including wood in stringers?
re: compare all fiberglass and quot;no wood and quot; boats wood absorbs energy much better than composites/metals and similar materials which deflect the energy to somewhere else. one of the reasons boat builders used wood in stringers was for that reason they said so and i agree .
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re: composite stringers i don't know any specs of wood over composit. but i do know that there are many many folks repairing the wood stringers and transoms and decks/soles of there old boats. it would seem to me that no wood has got to be a winner for longevity. so far, i'm a happy no wood boat owner too. my 75 aristocraft is billed as wood free though i think there is minor amounts of wood
re: what boats don't have wood in the hull? that article above sure wasn't kind to searays. i know there are well made boats with no wood in the hull e.g. seapros , just not sure which are the best. i do think a lot of carolina skiffs and seeing as they make sea chasers, that looks like a good bet.
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