GP14 Sailing Forums Forum Composite GP

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    • #16741
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Hi everyone,

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

      Thanks, Tony.

       

    • #16743
      Oliver Shaw
      Moderator

      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.

       

      Oliver

      • This reply was modified 4 years, 1 month ago by Oliver Shaw. Reason: Typo
    • #16745
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Thanks Oliver, you’re a mine of information.

    • #16752
      Chris Hearn
      Keymaster

      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
      steve13003
      Participant

      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
      Moderator

      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.

       

      Oliver

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