I know I am going to get raked over the coals, but the wine tasted good tonight
So I know this is an unanswerable question...or not? Just how long do we expect these things called boats to last??????
Something we have debated until we're sick to our stomach's, the debate over cored vs. solid and/or what is suitable core material.
Tartan 37C has some balsa coring below the waterline, its going on 29 years old
, and still there is no indication the hull is not seaworthy, or indication of it being wet. So then why is balsa not a acceptable choice for a core material???? There is NO question there are benefits to a lighter hull, and some may say stiffer as well when using balsa or something else. She could last another year or two, or maaaaaaaaybe another 10, 20, or 30?.
So does anyone really know how long it would last (assume its properly cared for)? NO, but quick to make a determination about what is acceptable and what isn't, based on what???
BTW, I understand that one reason is the difficulty of repairing a cored hull.
I believe there are probably hundreds, thousands, of wooden boats in the world still afloat, the USS Constellation berthed here in Baltimore, was built in 1854? (Yes, a LOT of restoration has been done, but the boat is over 150 years old
) So then why is a balsa not an acceptable choice for a core material?
Using the core debate as an example
...what are your expectations for your boat. Me, I'd feel good if she lasted another 20 years...but
I guess I felt like stirring the soup tonight