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Re: Balsa cored hulls
I am wondering if todays materials and lamination techniques have eased the concerns about balsa cored hulls. Quite a few highly respected builders are still using balsa coring (Malo, Regina, Dehler just to name a few), and one would assume that they have been successful with this type of construction, or they would have abandonned the idea long ago...
Those builders may be successful in the sense that buyers still buy theie boats. How many of those boats, having been through several owners, end up with failed bottoms 20 years later probably doesn't lie back effectively to today's new buyers. Some, yes, many...hard to say, no one collects information like that.
My understanding is that one of the benefits of cored panels is they are cheaper than solid glass...cheaper has got its own attractiveness to a builder...
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