Beneath the Fiberglass: Evaluating Composite Materials in Marine Boat Surveys
When it comes to boats, many assume that they are all made with wood. However, fiberglass and composites have become the primary materials used in boat building. While wooden boats—especially classic vessels—have their charms, fiberglass composite materials often provide boat owners with greater longevity, performance, and low maintenance needs. When it comes to marine surveys, however, these composite materials pose a unique challenge. At Sun Coast Marine Surveying, we specialize in assessing fibreglass composite vessels for potential buyers, helping them to determine whether composite material is right for them.
When evaluating composite materials during a survey, it is essential to consider both the positives and negatives of investing in such a vessel. On the one hand, composite materials are incredibly strong and durable when well manufactured and maintained. They can maintain stability even in rough conditions and absorb shock better than wooden vessels. Additionally, fiberglass is lightweight, providing vessels with increased power without sacrificing speed. Another advantage to using composite materials is that they are often more affordable than other construction materials.
That said, it is also important to evaluate the potential risks of purchasing a composite-material boat. Firstly, composite material typically does not handle wear and tear nearly as well as wood. Certain types of composites create surfaces prone to scratches and discoloration due to UV exposure. Moreover, some fibers may be unable to withstand osmotic blistering, creating bubbles beneath the surface of the material. As with any vessel, it is essential to conduct a thorough inspection of underlying structure before purchase.
Given that composite materials are an investment, boat owners should take steps to extend the life of their boats. One way to do this is through proper and routine maintenance. Regularly washing and waxing the vessel will help protect against fading and waterline staining. Additionally, inspecting the exterior regularly for any signs of damage can help boat owners quickly identify areas that need attention before significant damage occurs.
As part of our marine surveys here at Sun Coast Marine Surveying, our team evaluates every aspect of carbon fibre composite material boats for potential buyers. From conducting a thorough examination of the underlying structure to assessing possible damage from UV exposure or osmotic blistering, we strive to ensure that our customers are informed prior to making a purchase decision. Our goal is to help protect our customers’ investments through honest evaluations of their vessels.
For those considering purchasing a boat made with composite material, it is essential to consider both its benefits and risks. Fiberglass and other composite materials can provide superior performance without sacrificing style or speed; however, it is important to understand all aspects of a vessel prior to committing. Sun Coast Marine Surveying provides comprehensive marine surveys that assess each facet of composite material boats in order to inform potential buyers and preserve their investments.
Investing in a boat constructed with composite materials has both advantages and drawbacks. Ultimately, it is up to the buyer to determine which type of vessel best suits their needs. With an experienced team equipped to evaluate every aspect of composite material vessels, Sun Coast Marine Surveys helps guide buyers toward a decision that’s best for them.r