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Eric Hedberg of Rionholdt Once and Future Boats of Gywnns, Va., swears by PVC sheets and planks as a viable substitute to wood in boatbuilding and for maintenance of wood boats. The Chesapeake Bay’s wooden boat commercial fishing fleet is aging, and quality boatbuilding wood is getting harder to find. Hedberg has persuaded some bay watermen to try PVC as a substitute to wood. He has built several 20-foot and over deadrise-style boats out of PVC sheets and planks. “You can bury a boat made from…

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Larry Chowning is a writer for the Southside Sentinel in Urbanna, Va., a regular contributor to National Fisherman, and the author of numerous books.

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