Originally Posted by Bluewaters2812
Thanks for that input. I was not aware of the design you mentioned but will certainly add it to my list of yachts to consider. I know that my brother-in-law advised me to be careful of the "Hunter" design, as, according to him they have a reputation for having "soft" decks? Not sure whether this is generally accepted by the yachting fraternity?
Well soft decks are a very common problem with older boats of almost every maker. For construction and engineering benefits it is very advantageous to build fiberglass
stuctures (like boat hulls and decks) with a core
instead of sold glass. A core
or sandwich construction will be stronger, lighter and more rigid than one of straight fiberglass
. Cores are commonly plywood
, foam, and end grain balsa wood mats. The downside is you make this nice, solid, sealed fiberglass deck
with a plywood
core and then come back and drill hundreds of holes in it to mount winches and tracks and all manner of sailboat hardware
. Then over time water
might leak through all these holes, wets the core and it starts to rot
. Lots of ways to deal with it, either in the building phase or after that fact but that's for another thread. Bottom line, most decks are cored and in an older boat you need to check for this very, very carefully. A wet and rotten core loses most of its strength and it could cost way more than a boat is worth to repair.
BUT, a few boats are made with no core or made in such a way that water
cannot leak into the core. The CSY
is one boat that has no core anywhere. The decks are solid fiberglass. However, without the core they have to be thicker and heavier to have the same strength but still do not achieve the rigidity. So walk on a wide flat area of a CSY deck
and it will be a little bouncy, like a trampoline. That is just the nature of fiberglass and probably not an indication of a structural problem.