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Old 27-01-2016, 06:50   #16
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Re: Sunken balsa cored sailboat

Wow after reading everyone's coment I must admit that I am having mixed feelings.
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Old 27-01-2016, 07:20   #17
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Re: Sunken balsa cored sailboat

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Wow after reading everyone's coment I must admit that I am having mixed feelings.

Most people here think you are a troll https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_troll

So do I: it seems unreal that that anybody would pay for a sunken boat, especially a cored one.

I still don't believe it, sounds too incredible. (They have a negative value)

Pls post pictures of the boat, exterior and interior.
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Old 27-01-2016, 07:29   #18
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Re: Sunken balsa cored sailboat

Balsa in the topsides should be no issue - it is most often completely encased in resin.

Balsa in the deck / cabin can be some issues - there are often holes in the interior side of the sandwich that will let water in.

Still, it is end grain direction, hence if the boat is submerged short time only the damage to balsa can be very limited.

I would ask, in the first place, why the boat sank and how much time it was sunk.

Given damage to all other components (electrics, mechanical, engine, etc) I would expect a HUGE discount.

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Old 27-01-2016, 07:39   #19
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Wow after reading everyone's coment I must admit that I am having mixed feelings.
Don't let it get to you. What kind of boat is it?

You're not a troll. Or if you are, not a very good one.

Got a lot of work ahead of you, but suspect you are naively enthusiastic about the project. Hope you get to go sailing in a reasonable amount of time.

You can get valuable help here. Just breath slowly and deeply, and stay calm.
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Old 27-01-2016, 09:03   #20
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Re: Sunken balsa cored sailboat

Thank you four winds for those words of encouragement.
I will post pics and progress report as I go along with the repairs.
Boat was under for less than 24 hours,engine was started by a marine mechanic.
Hopefully starting February I can work three days out of the week on her.
Am motivated and plan to be sailing this summer.


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Hello everyone my name is George I am basically new to sailing forum I am really excited to be on the site. I am currently looking to buy or 30 foot sunken vessel with Balsa core can anyone tell me if this is a wise investment or not.
Wouldn't touch a cored hull with a barge pole.

Delamination and water ingestion are a horrible combination to deal with.

Immersion will also introduce lots of latent defects in the mechanicals, woodwork and lead to mold hidden in every nook and cranny.

There are plenty of good boats at reasonable prices.

You will have plenty of preventative, corrective maintenance and enhancements on a good boat.

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Old 27-01-2016, 11:42   #22
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Lol haha, you make my day!!! rehydrate the core.... hohoho
That's a very optimistic view.

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Old 27-01-2016, 11:52   #23
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@islandbowy1978

Since you have purchased the boat, please post the link to the auction here.
That way, we all know what boat we are talking about, can look at the pics and maybe help you with some feedback (other then "don't buy it", since you already have ).
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Hahahha! I've never heard of a good outcome when the word investment and boat are in the same sentence.
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Re: Sunken balsa cored sailboat

Stages of a project. The OP is presently on #1. Good luck & stay enthused


  1. Enthusiaism
  2. Dissillusionment
  3. Panic
  4. Search for the guilty
  5. Punishment of the innocent
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Re: Sunken balsa cored sailboat

Do the engine 1st. If it's not frozen get it running and up to temp. After sinking w/o care it can rust into a brick. I've rebuilt several sunk engines. If you get to it right away, often it's mostly cleanup and getting the water out. If you let it sit, it may not be recoverable.
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