Reply To: Wood or GRP?
Ok’s are very robust. I’ve sailed them for 2 years now (both old and new boats) and I reckon there are 4 main things to look out for that aren’t obvious.
1) just make sure the fittings around the mast aren’t going to pull out (cunningham, outhaul, inhaul blocks) ie are decently bolted through and supported underneath.
2) That the tanks don’t take in water (splitting around the cboard case). Only way to check is to sail before you buy really. It might only be a leaking bolt which is easy fix but difficult to tell.
3) Sails pulling out of the track. Make sure the sail bolt rope is the right thickness for the mast. New sails tend to have slightl thinner bolt ropes than the older masts like.
4) You need a drainage tube from the front tank to the cockpit.
In terms of grp v wood-
There’s some fast wooden boats- I raced 2059 for a few months and paul constable flies round the course in his.Varnishing the flat deck isn’t difficult and paul church can respray a hull so that it looks brand new if the boat needs it. I don’t think you’ll find grp boats take on water either. Even if they do most boats have lead in them so you can just re-weigh and take that out. Go for it ! Andy turner knows most boats personally so just ask him!