Just some general comments on early Taiwan
-Many of the decks were cored with cheap plywood
that rots fast with any water
- Checks tanks
and how easy they can be replaced and if furniture is built over them for removal
. Consider any tank below the floorboards as bad until proven otherwise.
-Generally what the Taiwan
yards lacked in knowledge they made up for in hull
thickness. They are usually really robust hulls.
-Make sure cabin
etc aren't just glassed over plywood
, but rather a molded glass deck/cabin. Some early boats were ply with light glass over. These are often rotted, and are not structurally sound. (Seatiger, Seawolf, Cheoy Lee)
-The glass work
to bond bulkheads and cabinetry may be just chopper gun work
. Not great but may be OK.
-Many of the later boats in the 80's went to balsa core
or better plywood. Some higher end boats used plywood squares maybe 3" x 3" to prevent any water
intrusion from spreading. Passport and Hans Christian being a couple that did this.
'll have to figure out how much of this applies to the FD12. The tanks
applies to all.