Composite GP

GP14 Sailing Forums Forum Composite GP

This topic contains 5 replies, has 4 voices, and was last updated by  Oliver Shaw 7 months, 3 weeks ago.

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  • #16741


    Hi everyone,

    Was there ever a composite GP built, ie with a grp hull and wooden decks?

    Thanks, Tony.


  • #16743

    Oliver Shaw

    Yes;  I think both Mk 1 and Mk 2,  and with a question mark over Mark 3.   And very nice they looked.

    However my purely personal view is that the primary reason for anyone preferring GRP is the reduction in the burden of maintenance,  and that from that standpoint the concept was arguably unsuccessful;   the main burden of maintenance with a wooden boat is surely the varnish work.    For whatever reason the production of composite boats was comparatively short lived.

    There is an excellent history of the GP14 hull published (for at least the second time) in 50 Years On The Wter;   there is a scanned copy on this site.



    • This reply was modified 7 months, 3 weeks ago by  Oliver Shaw. Reason: Typo
  • #16745


    Thanks Oliver, you’re a mine of information.

  • #16752

    Chris Hearn

    There are still plenty of Composite boats around if you like the look of a wooden deck – check out pictures from this years World Championship on this site, for example “Day 3

  • #16759


    If you want a new composite boat Steve Parker turns out some very beautiful boats – I was there this week and they were fitting out a new composite in the workshop – not the cheapest but a good compromise between all wood and all GRP.

  • #16760

    Oliver Shaw

    Interesting to see that the concept has come back onto the market.

    And with the benefits of epoxy sheathing and of 2-part varnishes the burden of maintenance of the brightwork is of course much reduced.



    • This reply was modified 7 months, 3 weeks ago by  Oliver Shaw.

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