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According to the Dreadnought News a letter put out by the people at Dreadnought Boatworks the hulls were in fact balsa cored, However, many have been in the water for over 20 years with no problems. this boat is hand laminated with lamination varying from 1/2" at the rail to 1" at the keel. I'm not sweating it.

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My dreadnought is not cored!!

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I had a Dreadnought 32 owner tell me that the hull is not cored.

Anybody know for sure?
My dreadnought is not cored.!
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Here's an ad for a '74 and they list it as fiberglass balsa-cored.
Boat for sale
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Are you talking decks or hulls. The deck may very well be balsa cored. The hull might or might not be. According to fullcanopy, it is solid glass.

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From the ad:
"Fiberglass balsa-cored hull built in 1974."
I'm sure that won't settle the debate, but there it is.
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replacing anything needing a thru-hull would do
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I have a Dreadnought 32. I have closed up 5 thru hull openings. There is no Balsa Core in my vessel. ODAAT is cutter rigged and heavily built. Rick was in Nova Scotia last summer in ESKIMO on his third circumnavigation. I would trust my Dreadnought on any ocean.

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That just means the areas the through-hulls were in were solid glass. There may be parts of the hull that are cored. It is very common on a cored hull to leave a solid laminate strip running down the center of the boat for the keel and through hulls.
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I have a Dreadnought 32. I have closed up 5 thru hull openings. There is no Balsa Core in my vessel. ODAAT is cutter rigged and heavily built. Rick was in Nova Scotia last summer in ESKIMO on his third circumnavigation. I would trust my Dreadnought on any ocean.

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I have a Dreadnought 32. I have closed up 5 thru hull openings. There is no Balsa Core in my vessel. ODAAT is cutter rigged and heavily built. Rick was in Nova Scotia last summer in ESKIMO on his third circumnavigation. I would trust my Dreadnought on any ocean.

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Yes, of course I have not sampled every square inch of ODAATs hull for a core. I have however looked at thru hull holes from the keel area and at various heights above the water line to near the top of the sides of the hull and have not found any core material. I did however find that the homebuilder had cored the cockpit deck with half inch plywood covered with at least a half inch of fibreglass and resin on each side. That is the only place that I have found any sort of core material.

I would of course not presume to argue with anyone as obviously knowledgeable as yourself on the question of the various productions of Dreadnought hulls. In the days that these vessels were being built aand marketed I was a serving soldier and my great annual salary of around seven grand a year did not permit such a fine vessel and feeding a family too.
I would be grateful to you sir if you would be kind enough to point out about where in the hull I might bore out some more holes to find that elusive core of which you speak. Somehow I am driven to wonder if maybe, just maybe, some were cored and some were not.

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