Originally Posted by Jono71
Does anybody know if there are any rib manufacturers that use a mainly wood free construction ? I guess if all the wood is perfectly sealed it should last indefinitely, however I'm thinking in the real world wood free might have benefits. I think I once saw a pic of a redbay hull using foam core stringers but could be wrong.
We have tried as much as possible to stop using wood. The quality of today's ply is not what it use to be and it only takes one screw hole to set off the water ingress. All the boats we have built in the past four years have only had wood in the transom the rest is HD foam. We can use very hard foam sheet in the transom if requested but it cost absolute fortunes. We also partition the sheets every meter so water can't go through the entire structure.