Stringers

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Stringers are often defined as a longitudinal structural piece of the hull. They provide strength and structural integrity to the hull, most importantly longitudinally. Traditionally, stringers were made of bar wood, more recently wood cores covered in fiberglass, and most recently composite cores wrapped in fiberglass. Without them, a hull would not support weight or would fold into itself under a high stress situation such as riding in rough seas. The move towards fiberglass, more recently composite cores, is significant because on of the most necessary but costly repairs on a vessel is replacing the stringers. Wood stringers, even when covered in fiberglass, can eventually rot. It is almost inevitable at some point that they will need to be replaced and this involves removing everything including the cap of the hull in order to install new ones.
Stringers being installed[1]

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Replacing stringers[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. [BoatDesign.net]