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New Wauqueiz hull construction

Been looking through literature on new Wauiqueiz's (e.g., PS 47, PS 43, etc.). They indicate their hulls are cored and vacuum infused, but there is no specificity with respect to core materials below waterline. Does anybody know if they're building with the core materials below waterline?
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You'd be better off asking this question from a Wauiquiez dealer I think, or find their website. One place to start is Annapolis Yacht Sales Beneteau, Sabre, Wauquiez, Alerion Yachts Brokerage Service
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From their website, all it says is:

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THE HULL is laid up with the greatest of care, and bisphenolic resins in the outer layers help protect your boat in the long run. Today, Wauquiez also uses the « infusion » process, which not only helps protect the environment, but also ensures an optimum resin /glass-fibre ratio, as well as an exceptional stiffness (balsa sandwich) and important weight savings.
Since they don't specify not using the balsa sandwich below the waterline, I would guess that the hull is cored. Most builders will specify if they don't use core materials in the hull below the waterline.
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My boat is cored under the water line above the water line, on the deck, inside and outside....the only part not cored is a foot wide strip runing from the bow to the stern along the boat's lenght...I don't see my cored hull being a problem...
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Giu, but your core is not balsa and does not rot.
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Giu, but your core is not balsa and does not rot.
You mean Giu is not rotten to the core, huh, he must be a good guy
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Sorry my bad...I didn't understand they were balsa, I thought they were PVC in these days and age..
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Nothing wrong with a marine plywood, epoxy saturated, fibreglassed core - as long as you know what you are dealing with and don't puncture it. That's what my decks are - hull is solid glass.
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