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Re: Sorry, balsa cored hull questions
Athena 34? Designed by Håkan Södergren?
Considered to be of good to high quality, at least 4/5. Designed in the early 1980-ies (or late 70-ties). Usually priced above average in that size here where Athena 34 is not unusual.
Sails quite well.
There could be different rigs, most usual is to have single pair of spreaders, sligthly pointing back => runners are not necessary, but is used by most to improve pointing ability just as Faster mentions.
Not difficult to use short-handed, requires saome training and then one has got used to it. Many Athenas has a self-tacking arrangement. If so, there is the possibility to focus on the runners when tacking.
There are many opinions on cored hulls, which also be seen on this site. Cored hulls offers ligther hull and some insulation which is good to have in a colder climate. Boat I have now has a cored hull, there is no bad smell at all in the boat which usually is inevitable with non-cored hulls.
The downside is what many focus on: if water penetrates inte the core layer then there are problems. This is a minor issue if the hull is core from waterline and up, which often is the case. Check!
Helmsman series includes many other as the Lady, Lord, Carerra .. all very popular here - all these mentioned are narrow and long.