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Can manufacturers get rid of liners entirely?

The Beneteau 10R is said to be infused in a two-sided mold so both the interior and exterior of the hull are fair. That reduces the need for cosmetic liners. That does mean that the backing plates and such behind the deck hardware are exposed. I'm not sure what they do about wiring, ducting and the like. I haven't actually been inside a 10R.

The tooling for a two sided mold must be quite expensive and thus needs to be amortized over a large production run. Smaller builders might have trouble emulating this. And I'm afraid that buyers of more cruisy boats will always opt for a the cosmetics of a fully lined boat.

What do y'all think of this? Are there disadvantages I'm overlooking?
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The best solution is a boat with all furniture bonded to the hull and no liner whatsoever. Morris for example does this - but it's pretty expensive. Every bulkhead and seat face or cabinet face that touched the hull is glassed in. This gives the strongest hull as liners are usually not glassed in so much as placed on polyester adhesive (or epoxy) and are not adhered everywhere they touch the hull. This gives total access and great strength but at great cost.

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