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Ray Greene in Toledo, Ohio, he built a fiberglass and polyester sailboat in 1942, probably a Snipe. So a sailing dinghy was the first fiberglass sailboat. It turns out there were several earlier boats made of fiberglass and various plastic resins, but most of them were too brittle for practical use. Dan says it was the development of polyester resin that started the fiberglass boat revolution. B.B. Swan made a small fiberglass catboat in1947. Carl Beetle built fiberglass boats at a GE plant in Pittsfield, Mass. He exhibited his fiberglass boat at a show in January 1947. Ray Greene formed his own boat building company and produced a 25-foot Sparkman & Stephens design in 1957 called the New Horizon. Bill Shaw acknowledges Ray Greene as the first to build a fiberglass boat. And I worked at Sparkman & Stephens when we designed the New Horizon, he says “I remember Ray Greene very well.”..See more>>
Chaparral completely restored the 15′ Tri Hull that started it all more than 50 years ago.
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