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post #10 of Old 10-18-2010
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If you have a proper built cored hull with reinforcements where they should be, it would be as strong to impact as a solid fiberglass hull. ...
The real problem is price. An underwater cored hull strong and reinforced is much more expensive than a solid fiberglass hull, so most boat builders just use cored hulls above waterline and on deck (where it does not need to be so strong and so expensive and where its use is more important) and use the less expensive solid fiberglass hull underwater. ...
Sure cored hulls have advantages, and are de rigueur in race boats, and are best when done "properly" by a high end builder. But I think you err if you believe that a "properly" built cored hull is immune to someday getting wet due to the vagaries and challenges of getting old. And if that someday comes to you as the owner, you face a repair bill that makes the cost of popping in a new engine look like chump change.

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