Open ended question and answer. There was/are so many different processes used by the various builders, you really need to dig into the particular builder
and model you are interested in. A partial list of how:
- solid glass above and below WL
- solid glass below WL, core
- core throughout, above and below WL
The largest factor in how good the laminate integrity is depends upon builder's practises. You can take a balsa cored hull
that was simply set into a resin rich layer of chop or you can have a balsa hull
that was vacuum bagged or infused. Same material, very different potentials in problems. Frankly, I am a solid glass below WL and foam core above WL kinda guy. Been in this stupid industry for way too long.
Don't forget the deck
. The opportunity for a mushy deck
can be greater than the hull being bad. So many deck fittings that are seldom rebedded, allowing ingress for water
. Interestingly enough, mushy balsa cored decks are found more in a fresh water
environs than a salt water
I no longer offer my services as a marine
consultant, but I would be sure to have any potential buy looked at thoroughly by a good marine surveyor
. Not just one who went through the accredidation steps but one who has been around boats and has the experience and gut to know when there is an issue. A moisture meter in knowledgeable hands is invaluable. I would recommend not using a surveyor
suggested by the selling broker, just to keep it impartial.
Hmmm, I wonder what kind of storm this will cause?