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Old 07-07-2010, 08:07 PM
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Default What year did Sea Craft change from wood stringers

I am wondering what year seacraft changed from wood to composite stringers? Is anyone sure?

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Old 07-07-2010, 08:28 PM
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Default Re: What year did Sea Craft change from wood stringers

I think SeaCraft has always had fiberglass stringers from the beginning. There may have been a design change(with the stringer layout) when Potter took over.
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Old 07-08-2010, 12:30 AM
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Default Re: What year did Sea Craft change from wood stringers

The only SeaCraft that had wood stringers that I know of was the very first one, the very rare 21 built by founder Carl Moesly, starting about 1961. He used spruce because it was light; they were covered with fiberglass that carried all the load. By the time he started building the 19 Bowrider, he had come up with a fiberglass grid system. I'm guessing that was about '64 or '65, but Carla would know for sure. You should check out her Moesly Seacraft web site for the straight scoop on early SeaCraft history. When he modified the 19 mold to create the 20, all of his 20's had 4 fg stringers; the keelson was a fg encapsulated 2x4 in the 20. The earliest 20 I know of was a '69 vintage but there may have been some built in 68. Potter just continued what Moesly had started when he took over about 1970, so all his boats had fg stringers. Also not sure about the stringers in the Seamaster 27, but No Bones could tell you. I suspect they were fg also.
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Old 07-08-2010, 06:22 AM
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Default Re: What year did Sea Craft change from wood stringers

I know for certain that the 70 had glass over plywood, looks like they layed the glass in the mold, then a strip of 1/2" plywood, to form the top of the stringer. Somewhere around 72 they went to 2 stringer system. There was no evidence of wood in the 2 stringer system. Later down the road I can fill in on the 69'.
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