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Early 80s Airex-cored Vancouver 27

I had a Vancouver 25 when I was a lad -- great, solid boat. I'm now looking at an older Vancouver 27 built by Seair in the 80's. Does anyone know if the well-deserved reputation of the Vancouver 27 line applies to the boats built by Seair with the sandwich foam construction? I can't find any real opinions or details and I really like this boat.

Also, if it is better to stay away from the foam are the Tradewind built Vancouver 27s (1970s) solid glass?

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It really depends on the techniques used by the builder. The Southern Cross series of boats were also airex cored laminate, and they're very tough boats and most are in really good shape. Airex, IMHO, is one of the best core materials for a cored hull, especially if the laminate has some kevlar fabric added to the layup schedule. This makes the hull very puncture resistant.
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