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Old 02-19-2019, 03:42 PM   #12
Brooksie
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City: Cape Cod, MA
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Island Seeker
Vessel Model: Willard 36 Sedan
Join Date: Oct 2007
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I have owned a balsa cored boat for many years now as well as my solid Willard. Both boats are quite similar (length, beam, accommodations, layout and so on)

But one is full displacement and designed to go at 6K with 20 HP and making it light weight would just make it roll more and it would not go faster by much. The other boat is cored to the keel, is 1/2 the weight of the Willard and designed to go at 12K with 150HP.
There have been some core issues over the years mostly on the fore, side, & transom decks and the trunk cabin overhead but not the hull. These have been easily repaired and if not for the freeze/thaw cycles in New England may never have gotten large enough to even find.
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