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    Senior Member 42gibson's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by boatlover View Post
    You should be. Plywood decks with thin a fiberglass covering. I owned a older Gibson product and over time had to replace every piece of the lower deck. I completely redid the interior and was shocked at how cheaply they were constructed. I went aluminum with a Pluckebaum and would never go back. In addition the aluminum will hold its value unlike the fiberglass. IMO worth the higher initial cost.
    this is the truth! I've had 2 Gibsons and put a fortune in repairing rot. the one we have now was 34,000 to repair the decks and roof. they use cheap yellow pine and when water gets to it(and it will) it delamiminates and rots costing a fortune to fix. if your looking for long run get aluminum..
    44 gibson executive
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    I would take the 95 Pluckebaum over any thing else. New or not.


    Quote Originally Posted by Tillerman7 View Post
    Old Housboater/Boatlover:

    Thank you so much for the information. It's very hard to decipher all the different opinions and facts. So swear by the Gibson others swear it off. Cost like always, is a big concern. If it were possible, I'd love to commission a new Pluckebaum boat, but that isn't in the cards. At this point, I have three boats I am looking at heavily. Two are Gibson (one gas (2005) the other diesel (2006)) and one Pluckebaum houseboat (1995). The Pluckebaum is much older which also makes me nervous about all the hidden gremlins.

    Advice?
    The fries are cold so we gave you extra.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OLD HOUSEBOATER View Post
    I would take the 95 Pluckebaum over any thing else. New or not.
    the best advise you can get.
    44 gibson executive
    on the muskingum river & ohio river
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    Quote Originally Posted by boatlover View Post
    Tillerman

    I would not be afraid of the 95 Plucke. All used boats can have small issues but if the structure is sound the rest can be addressed. The Plucke is 100% aluminum, there is no roof to replace as it is aluminum also. The only wood is paneling, cabinets and the sub floor. A couple years ago I asked Dennis Pluckebaum " Since you started building boats how many have been damaged beyond repair and scrapped " . The answer was ZERO . They are truly forever boats.
    Wow that seems great! What is the boat constructed of? Aluminum over foam in a sandwich? Is it quiet?

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    All the talk going on here about them led me off to view a few of them. They seem pretty attractive and timeless in design and I ran into an older one I'd simply haft to see if I were in the market for one. 1970 Pluckebaum 52' x 18' Aluminum Houseboat . It's 10 grand cheaper on this posting than any of the other posting I found on this boat, and take a look at his photo album on the posting plus a lot of sweet features including diesel power.
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    Boating on the Muskingum River
    1972 35' Crest Pontoon Houseboat
    2007 90 hp. Yamaha

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    I live Pluckebaums but that one is ugly.
    The fries are cold so we gave you extra.

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    I agree... it is not attractive at all!

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    The evolution of design in 21 years.

    1991 Pluckebaum 70'
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    Beautiful, but I HATE split-levels...
    She's a tired old barge but she's paid for!

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    They also make single levels. Our 55 was single. My wife is mobility impaired so it was perfect for us.
    The fries are cold so we gave you extra.

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