I'm currently comparing two boats and would like to gather opinions regarding their design and construction choices made. The two boats are the C & C 99 (link to specs
) and the Dufour Grand'large 325 (pdf specs
Beside general comments, I'd like to better understand the differences in choice of material for the decks. The C & C uses AL-600 treated Baltek (end grain balsa) while the Dufour uses PVC foam core sandwich. After spending the summer shopping for an older boat and witnessing the poor conditions of some old balsa-cored decks, PVC foam core would give me peace of mind... am I wrong? I've also noticed on the C & C the following feature: "Deck coring windows are located at all hardware installations to maintain the watertight integrity of the deck coring" How would that impact durability?
As for my use of the boat, it will be mostly weekends with occasional week-long cruises, mostly on Lake Champlain. I'd like a boat that allows me to dream of longer cruises but this probably won't happen until I gather much more experience (this would be a first boat).
Thanks in advance for the much appreciated info!