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Re: A bluewater live-aboard for under $20k
Originally Posted by barefootnavigator
Cape Dory deck problems. I've been working on boats for 25 years, The balsa cores are a nightmare. Yes they are beautiful great boats but the OP is on a serious budget and deck issues can be very costly.
That's a problem with a lot of boats, not just Cape Dory. I'm pretty sure most of the boats on his list (if not all) have cored decks. If anything isn't bedded properly, then the core will get wet and rot. What makes you believe this is an issue exclusive to Cape Dory?
Just about every fiberglass boat needs it's decks checked and bottoms checked for blisters, among a number of other items. Just a part of surveying the boat well before you buy it. There are issues specific to the Cape Dory, but again I don't think I've ever seen one or heard anyone else indicate that decks were more of a problem than any other boat with cored decks. Either way, it's easy enough to check for.