Older cored boats can be a serious problem, but not always... A properly designed cored hull is not a problem...the problem is that many weren't properly designed or were modified afterwards without regards to it being a cored hull.
A fiberglass boat required less maintenance than steel or wooden boats, so it is very likely to be in better shape than steel or wooden boats of the same age.
I don't think you can tell if a boat has a cored hull or not just by visual inspection.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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