In subsequent years, other builders of fiberglass Snipes entered the market. One of the major improvements was to build the hull with a fiberglass-foam core system, which made the hulls both stiff and torsionally rigid.
These improvements finally resulted in a fiberglass-hull Snipe winning the 1967 Snipe National Championship, 13 years after the first fiberglass Snipe was built. This ended a reign of championship wins by wooden-hull Snipes that had continued since the first International/National Snipe Championship.
1954, specifications were developed for plywood-hull Snipes. Harold Gilreath Sr. built a plywood Snipe (#12345) to the latest specifications and documented construction with improvements in deck construction in a booklet "Building A Plywood Snipe," published in 1960. It is still used as a reference manual. These boats proved to be fast and competitive. The 1960 and 1961 Snipe National Championships were won with a plywood-hull Snipe.
The Snipe has evolved into a modern tactical racing dinghy with fleets all around the world. Snipe activity in the United States has continued at a high level of interest. Competition is keen at national and regional events. The organization is well run, and younger sailors are being encouraged to join the class. An increasing number of successful racing skippers and crew come from this group.