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bwwanabe posted 10-28-2001 08:28 PM ET (US)   Profile for bwwanabe   Send Email to bwwanabe  
Just what I said. I'm going to tear out a thousand pounds of saturated foam.(I figure a 17'boat averaging 6" thick of wet foam likely is what added 1000lbs. to the wieght of this thing). But the question is...since I'm not going to replace it with more foam to get soaked... has anybody done this and gotten away with it, maybe with just adding a few stratigically placed bulkheads and a plank floor.
jimh posted 10-29-2001 12:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
You need to review the structural mechanics of a Whaler. The thickness and strength of its laminated skin is not sufficient to withstand the loads of typical boating without the foam interior which is uniformly and completely bonded to the laminate.

If you take out the foam you should plan on replacing it and in some way bonding it to the laminate. The foam is not just an after though thrown in for floatation. It is a crucial part of the hull's strength and rigidity.

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