Re: Balsa cored hulls
I bought a 1978 C&C 38 Mk1 in 1999. It has a cored hull. I have had blister repair done on the hull just after purchase (not caused by the balsa core) that required grinding into the core in several places. The work was done at the Mystic (CT) Shipyard and it has been blister free for the past 12 years. They also cured the classic C&C keel root "smile" by rebedding the keel and bolts. I had the boat awlgriped last winter and it looks and sails in spectacular fashion. This beautiful boat has been part of our family for 13 years and I have never regretted taking a chance on a somewhat neglected older boat.
When I look at the new C&C 38s is see ugly and a $225,000+ price tag! A solid 38 of my vintage can be had for less than $50.000.
Get a good survey, get necessary work done at a reputable yard and enjoy one of the fastest, most beautiful boats ever made!