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Old 10-17-2009
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P39-2 has balsa cored bottom below waterline

As a happy owner of P39-2 hull#12 manufactured in 1987 I can confirm that my boat has balsa cored bottom below the waterline. I can also confirm that it has NO problems with any blistering but have to admit that the previous owner that bought this boat new had put antiprotect 2000 early in her life and just 2 years ago I redid my bottom applying more interprotect 2000 before anitifouling paint.
I also have to say that last year I survived substantial grounding with bashing against rocky bottom for approx 6 hours in 2 ft wave heeled about 45deg. I thought that after that my boat will be a writeoff but after carefully checking the floor-boards and tabbing on them I have to say that amazingly there was NO damage except to the tip of the lead keel and tip of the rudder. This boat is like a rock and sails like a charm. I am convinced that the cored bottom allowed such grounding to cause no damage. I also know that few other boats that grounded at the same place had never sailed again.
If anybody is interested in more info on P39-2 please give me a holler.

Voytek
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Pearson 39-2 - balso coring and other

I am original owner of a 1989 Pearson 39-2 - hull 41. The later versions like mine have a single head with shower, yanmar 35hp under the sink, large nav desk and finer woodwork than the earlier -2's. It does have balsa below the waterline and has shown no problems to date. Nor any blistering (they were delivered with "Blisterguard" when new). The glass work was done by folks who knew what they were doing back then. It is a comfortable boat, easy to sail, motors very well, has plenty of room, is fast, and built well with heavy scantlings. It is versatile enough to single hand, competitively race on wednesday nights, and cruise away for a month or more. All in all it has been a good choice for our family of 6 over the years. She looks nearly as good now as when she was first commissioned. Every time I go to a boat show and look at new 38'-40' boats I come back appreciating what I have even more.
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I own a P40 (1979) and there is a balsa stiffener for the hull, however it is added over the inside layer of the hull material. The hull itself is a fiberglass lay-up. In other words, the balsa core layup is added inside the regular 1/2 inch or more of fiberglass, and is used to add stiffness to the hull. That said, the balsa is far removed from the potential for osmotic blistering impacts. It has always surveyed in perfect condition.
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