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popeye

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I would like to pursue my budding interest in archery. Through much reading, I think I am more the type that would like the challenge of mastering a more traditional bow rather than using a compound bow.

I have read that recurve bows (especially ones with wood composite limbs) will not fare well in humid storage conditions.

I live on a boat in the Pacific Northwest, and humidity?...ya, we've got a fair amount of that.

Is there a type of recurve I could buy that would be fun for target practice on beaches, *and* be ok with damp conditions?

Thanks much!
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  Actually popeye I think you are misunderstanding the information.

  Modern recurves (and longbows for that matter) are typically made from wood and fiberglass laminations that are held together with epoxy. While there is the outside possibility that enough moisture could be absorbed being a humid climate it isn't likely. Folks have been living and shooting recurves and longbows in those climates for a long time. Jay Massey lived in ALask for many years and hunted almost exclusively with all natural materials bows just as a for instance.

  However, if it is a real concern, you could get a bow with limbs made from carbon and foam, that bolt to a metal riser. It should be virtually impervious to weather.
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Bear made a 76er, if i recall right. The handle was metsl. Do i remember correctly...were the limbs solid glass ?

If not, an older solid fiberglass bow shoots well enough for playing, for sure.

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  Either the 76'er or the Minuteman (or maybe both?) had solid glass limbs.

  So did Norm Johnson old Ferrett recurve as I recall.
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would be way down my list of worries with a good modern bow
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If you store it vertically, without the bottom limb on anything, no plastic/rubber tip protector, clean and polished you should be fine.  I also live in the NW and have not had a problem.  Humidity is high, but I have experience much worse. If they are on a bow rack, horizontally, the support should be under the fadeouts and both level. If you have a leather handle, many manufacturers do not apply finish before gluing on the handle (contact cement).  Let it try before locking it up in a safe. Gun owners sometimes use the electrical stick, in a safe to prevent rust. 
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I wouldn't sweat it. I live on the gulf coast where it's not just humid...it's hot too. I sweat, but don't sweat it. My 50+ bows don't either.

The 76er had glass limbs.
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You all are very helpful, thank you!
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Any recurve that has the a proper finish on it will be fine to use in humid wet conditions. We ship bows to that area all the time.  Thunderbird Epoxy will protect a bow in any conditions if the bow is covered properly. Just be sure the bowyer uses Thunderbird



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