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How Old Is Too Old?


A couple of months ago, OffshoreOnly.com contributor Bob Brown wrote a great article about performance-boat noise, asking when is loud too loud. It got me thinking about a question I’ve had when it comes to offshore racing boats for the last couple of years. How old is too old?

I got the idea while scrolling through pictures from all the photographers who attend the races and are gracious enough to post on this forum. I covered many of these boats when I was Editor at Powerboat magazine in the late 1990s and I couldn’t help but wonder about just how much abuse some of these boats have taken through the years. Is there, literally, a breaking point? In the first half of this two-part series, we’ll focus on the hulls and decks. In Part Two, we’ll discuss canopies and cockpits.

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