Airex cored hull opinions

andy65

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What are your thoughts on Airex cored hulls vintage 1989?
Thought I read something about issues with the Airex formula back then?
This is on an 89 Duffy 35 I'm going to look at. Broker thinks it is a fully cored hull. I feel better with solid glass below the waterline. Would you be concerned?
 

Sailorgp

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Find a reputable surveyor and have the boat surveyed including moisture readings not only in the hull...but the whole boat
 

blackdiamond296

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Airex coring is a very durable, closed cell core and can last for many years. many (all?) Fortiers were built with it. but like every cored boat, all it takes is one improperly installed thru-hull to do some significant damage. Survey and visual inspection is the only way to know, but I certainly wouldn't let the Airex itself turn you away, to me it's one of the better cores in general.

Speaking from personal experience, our 1982 Fortier with Airex core in hull and top side never gave us trouble- boat it still going strong.
 
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