Nautical 56’s seem to be following me lately. I went with another broker to preview a local one for sale in town. Then, I happened to be on sea trial in Longboat Key and ran into a Nautical 56 at the tiny Bradenton Beach Marina. … Continue readingNautical Development 56 Review: Old Fashioned Success
Masts are either keel or deck stepped.
Hulls need stiffeners to withstand shearing, torsion, tensile, etc. forces. Stiffers break up the long spans of fiberglass into more resilant pieces. Types include bulkheads, floors, frames, stringers, and beams.
Fiberglass is made of fibers composed into fabrics then layered with resins. Between layers of fiberglass, sometimes builders use a core material.
The Gulfstar 50 is one of Lazzara’s best designs. Lazzara previously was a partner at Columbia yachts who produced another well know 50-footer, the Columbia 50. The Gulfstar 50 is a lot of boat for under $200,000 these days and attracts a certain degree of … Continue readingGulfstar 50 Review: Affordable Three Stateroom Classic
Vince Lazzara was not a beginner when he started Gulfstar in 1970. He had previously co-owned Columbia Yachts. Lazzara keenly knew what would sell and big bathtub motorsailers were in demand in the early 1970’s. If you wanted a powerboat, they pumped out an early … Continue readingGulfstar 44 Review: One of the Best Designs Ever
Boats have fuel, water, and holding tanks. The general materials are fiberglass, plastic, and metal.
To attach wire rigging to the chainplates, you use fittings whether swage or swageless. Examples of swageless fittings include Stay Lock (Sta-Lok) and Norseman.
The hull to deck joint is where the fiberglass pieces from hull and deck molds combine. The joint is a vulnerable area for leaks on older boats. Generally, three types of joints are inward flange, outward flange, and shoebox. Ways of securing the joint include … Continue readingHull Deck Joint – Inward Outward Flange, Chemically Bonded, Fiberglass Tabbing, Bolted
Certain styles never go away. There is always the lure of the pirate ships of old with their trailboards, bowsprits, and clipper bows. And at every sailor’s essence are certain pirate ideas, the romance of adventures on the high seas. The look speaks of journeys … Continue readingBayfield 36 Review: Classic Marathon Runner