Originally Posted by sublime
I've surveyed several of them from the late 80's and early 90's. I'm awnsering this and telling you to have the hull and transom core sampled before you buy one.
I surveyed one that a local marine had cooked the transom dry. Awlgriped the boat. It looked beautiful and fooled my mositure meter. I still have to wonder why they did it. For the time they wasted hiding the bad transom they could have just replaced it cheaper. I'm glad the fiberglass guy he took the boat too explained no one would have seen the problem...
Nothing wrong with balsa core boats in the hulls. Just understand they will pick up water when they are in the water and loose it when in dry storage...thru every thru-hull fitting.. A 30ft Rampage will pick up 15 gals of water over the summer and test dry in April. As long as you are running a cored balsa hull in salt water it will never rot.. A 26 blackwatch 10-12 gals..
Too many are afraid of cored hulls because of ignorant knuckleheads on the internet..
In the 5-6 I've surveyed I wasn't crazy about their ride even when I tried trimming them right in sloppy 1-3ft seas... Someone was just comparing them to a 27 Pheonix on another web page... The 27 PH wins hands down..