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Why I Don't Own Fiberglass Boats

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Do you prefer fiberglass?
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I've owned aluminum and fiberglass and I personally like fiberglass better, but there are advantages to both. Aluminum to me is far less TLC required. Some aluminum boats are nearly indestructible. But I think the ride of fiberglass is better and it does not get as hot as aluminum in the summer.

That being said, if someone gave me a new Gravois tomorrow I would not say no! :-)
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For what it is worth,not only have I repaired a nice ole antique 1977 vintage 16 ft Manatee Tri-Hull but also had a 16 by 52 SouthFork Commercial flat professionally repaired and there are places for both types of hulls.I do lotta duck hunting and there is NO way a fiberglass hull would make it into the shallow marshes we typically hunt AND the typical white fiberglass hull would be difficult to conceal.The ride of a well-built fiberglass hull hard to beat,Gravois aluminum hulls look to be bullet-proof and to each his own.Aluminum mostly is maintenance-free,fiberglass hulls,depending upon stringer construction,may be somewhat maintenance free,though oxidation takes its toll on fiberglass hulls.My dad and I completely re-built the '77 Manatee and she is solid as a rock,we put in new keel,stringers,and built dat hull to be basically bullet-proof.The composites being used are far and away superior to wood-encapsulated stringers and some manufacturers have bullet-proof transoms as well.Guess ya get what ya pay for,typically and not knocking any manufacturer(s)but when you see high-end hulls costing quite a bit more than lower-end,very common models,buyer beware!!Hand-laid hulls are the way to go and avoid ANY manufacturer building hulls with chopper guns vs doing it de ole-fashioned way,by hand-laying layers of woven roving and mat and ya won't go wrong!!My humble 0.02!

Mandevillian
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