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    Default When did boats stop using wood decking/stringers

    Hello all, great site just had to join. I just bought an old 87 fiberglass capri, the floor and transom seem solid. After reading everything about old boats it seems rotting is coming eventually for my boat. I can sell it and break even. I would like to buy another boat but when did they stop using wood. I really dont want an aluminum boat, but is there a year when they all went composite/"woodless"? Thanks in advance
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    Default Re: When did boats stop using wood decking/stringers

    Most manufacturers stop using wood around 1998 but there is still a few companys that still use wood Grady White comes to mind.

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    Default Re: When did boats stop using wood decking/stringers

    Welcome Pro5 to the forum. You will find a wealth of knowledge here and lots of members more than willing to give their 2 cents worth. Don't forget to modify your settings to show us what neck of the woods you hail from.

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    Default Re: When did boats stop using wood decking/stringers

    Many still use wood today.Bayliner and Maxum included...


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    Default Re: When did boats stop using wood decking/stringers

    but when did they stop using wood
    i'd think it depends on the boat mfg. my aristocraft nineteen has no wood stringers or transom. it's a 75. it's predecessor the funliner also was wood free. i think it started being mfg in 59. though don't hold me to that year...
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