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Nothing wrong with a properly manufactured and maintained cored hull, especially if they used a foam, like Airex, as the core material. Foam cored hulls don't rot out like balsa cored hulls and decks do. IIRC, one of the people associated with CE Ryder used to demonstrate how tough the cored hull was by hitting it with a hammer. SC's are excellent pocket bluewater cruisers, and are one of the 20 boats in John Vigor's book for a good reason. While the SC designs are fairly early in the use of cored laminates, they seem to have gotten it right at least.
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