Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: CT/ Long Island Sound
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Balsa cored hulls - old boats
We bought our cored-hull knowing the potential for problems was there. The previous owners had raced her hard, moved fittings around without bedding them properly, hit things, had people hit them - the whole show. We fixed the cabintop, which had become a soggy mess of balsa, from the inside. Six seasons later, we still race her pretty hard (10knots with the chute up in 25 knots of breeze) and the yard has taken core samples that show one area of wet delamination that we think was caused because the previous owners screwed holes into the interior liner aft to secure wiring , and then added water by not packing the rudderpost stuffing box. The quarterberth plywood facings held the water over the screwholes, and voila! We expect to fix that this winter. Getting the deck to drain better in the way of the toerail should help dry out the topsides. With any luck (knock on wood!) we hope to have another 10 years with our 1981 baby.