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Hi

i live in British Columbia (vancouver/victoria) and am shopping for a 34-39-ish ft boat. I was wondering, given the sometimes enormous number of logs in Georgia Strait lost from log-booms etc., is this an issue in choosing solid vs. cored hulls? are the epoxy cored hulls (eg. Tartan & Hanse-e) better than GRP cored hulls in this regard?

would be interested in hearing your opinions/experiences.

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If you're moving at speed and hit a semi-submerged log, it doesn't really matter what the hull is made of when it comes to laminate hulls. Most of them will give way to the log. If the hull was laid up with a couple of layers of kevlar, it may get damaged, but not leak. Solid hulls are generally far easier to repair in the case of such an accident.

An Epoxy cored hull is still basically a cored fiberglass hull, built using Epoxy resin rather than the more common Vinylester or Polyester resins. Epoxy resin has a greater tensile strength than vinyester or polyester resins in general.
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