Don't blame the tools for a poor workman.
There's nothing wrong with balsa coring, when someone has taken the time and expense to properly bed
it in epoxy
, which makes it impossible to saturate the coring with moisture since each piece is then separately surrounded and entombed in epoxy
and the water
simply can't migrate anywhere.
Similarly, if the penetrations in the deck
are properly constructed and sealed, water won't get in in the first place.
and hardwoods rot
too. If you've never chased rotted wood all the way down a bulkhead in the bilge
because someone didn't maintain the chainplates properly and now you've got six feet of rot
, no balsa needed...It isn't the wood's fault. One could also argue that most chainplates are a lousy excuse for a good design, because they make these leaks
Now you've got the chance to build a proper cockpit sole, from honeycombed frp. Light, waterproof, strong...And of yeah, its gonna cost you. (G)