Originally Posted by Clivevon
Roverhi - very helpful post thank you, but what is a "puka" ?? Couldnt find anything helpful on google
Puka is Hawaiian for hole. Puka shell necklaces that some places give to the tourists are a shell that wears in the surf making a hole in the center so they can be easily strung into a necklace. The name refers to the hole not the shells that they are made from.
If a boat
has the core
extended all the way to the deck
edge it should be a non starter and the builder/designer shot for such a failure prone design. Decks are almost always built with the core
left out for the few inches or so at the edge where it will clamp to the hull
. The core is very compressible and would almost certainly fail to seal with the compression
load of the hull
fasteners. My 49 year old Pearson
35 has no deck rot
almost certainly because the no core area at the edge extends beyond the life line stanchion bases. Nearly impossible to keep a perfect seal with the regular torquing stanchions are subjected to expecially if there is core under them.