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Old 12-16-2017, 08:27 AM   #1
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GS44MC Cored Hull?

Has anyone cut through-hull openings on a Gulfstar 44MC? If so, where on the hull and what materials and thicknesses did you find? I'm looking at a survey for a 1980 44MC model and in regard to hull material is says:

"...fully balsa cored molded fiberglass gelcoat cosmetic finish"

I suspect the keel area must be solid FRP but would like to hear from those with first hand knowledge.

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Old 12-16-2017, 11:56 AM   #2
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The keel is solid glass but chopped mat and very thin, I've seen two keels crushed due to inadequate blocking. The blocks MUST be wider than the keel and a minimum of four.
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