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Old 28-09-2013, 23:36   #16
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Re: 1981 Niagara 35

If there was any problem with the hulls they sure are few are far between as this builder really knew what they were doing.
I would not worry about a cored hull from a good builder as long as it passes a good survey from someone who knows what they are doing. My Tartan had a cored hull and it was an excellent offshore boat with very few problems and I don't think it has effected the sales side of it at all. I like the strength that comes with sandwich construction, its doesn't sweat and its a bit quieter as well and it sure beats a solid hull when it comes to impact resistance. It costs more to do it properly of course but you will see many well built boats with cored hulls not withstanding almost all multi hulls.

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Old 25-10-2013, 16:43   #17
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I had a 1982 Niagara Classic ( hull 141) great boat,solidly built with plenty of room for a 35 footer. I have never heard of problems with the cored hull, however I would take the usual precautions and pay particular attention around thru hulls or any modifications made below the waterline. Also take a good look at possible leaks around the chain plates. Very solid vessel.

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Old 25-10-2013, 18:34   #18
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Re: 1981 Niagara 35

I've surveyed quite a few Niagara's and have found a few small core issues but much less than other builders. For some inexplicable reason much less than the Nonsuch's also built by Hinterhoeller where you have a 50/50 chance of serious core issues.

The Niagara propane systems and shore power systems don't come close to meeting ABYC Standards but they are structurally well built.
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Old 25-10-2013, 19:33   #19
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Good boats. I like the layout with the workshop and agree it could work well for a couple.

If it suits you and surveys well, you might a have good deal there. A boat like that will feel bigger for a while but will singlehand just fine.

The core acting as insulation is a big plus, hadn't thought of that. If you spend much time on the boat in the winter you would appreciate that.

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