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    Quote Originally Posted by LakeFever View Post
    That sounds ideal are you going to replace the core with the two layer balsa layup?
    I will be drilling some test holes in this last piece,it looks perfect.IF it looks this good after drilling I'm inclined to plug it and leave it.Right now it's holding the pad exactly like it was when the boat came into the shop.I don't want to risk changing how this boat handles unless its necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by outasite View Post
    Biggest reason,there is NOTHING stronger than balsa core.
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    My new best friend!Click image for larger version. 

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    Core is out.Needs a cleanup and finish grind. ---- And a saw cut in the bottom fixed----
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    Damn, I'm tired just READING THIS! Go at it and don't give up! Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by outasite View Post
    Core is out.Needs a cleanup and finish grind. ---- And a saw cut in the bottom fixed----
    Let's see pics of the cut...

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    Does anyone know if this was standard on comp boats of this period out of hydrostream? I think this is the first I have heard of two layers of balsa.

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    Ya know on "slamming a roller? DAMN, did it in my Flatbottom. Hull didn't break in half, engine still there, but I came back 2 INCHES SHORTER! Damn, that hurt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjdubiel View Post
    Does anyone know if this was standard on comp boats of this period out of hydrostream? I think this is the first I have heard of two layers of balsa.
    Like most I've heard all kinds of stream builds over the years. All I can say is this, I ordered this boat new in Nov of 1980 and took delivery in June of 81. When I ordered it, I told Howard to build it as light as he could, BUT still be safe.The double core is in the pad only! The important points of the boat are.1- It does have a core! 2-The stringers are set on the balsa floor not the hull. 3- The pad has one inch of balsa core.4-The hull is thinner than production @ 3/16 vs 1/4. 5-the original top deck is quite a bit lighter than a production boat. All that got it down to a little over #440. Mine with the New top deck and the new core will be be well over #500

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    Cool! So much for that "comp hulls don`t have a core" thing. I had a second hand 1980 Vector that I bought from the original owner who is a good friend. On a good scale it went 360lbs with only ride guide steering and nothing else in the boat. I`m told that if you ordered a boat for use with an inline or V-4 it would be lighter. Can`t prove that. Anyhow I got into a little mixup with a competitor in a turn and did minor damage to the bottom. While during repair and sanding on the bottom I noticed that through the clear fiberglass I could see wood. I was surprised to say the least.

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    I remember the shipping weight on my "83" V-King (Not a comp) was 432#s. (I worked at a dealer) The hull was 3/16'' thick under the balsa. Also had 2 plys of balsa in the keel area. But has the U channel center stringer. They built them depending on who was running the shop on that day. I have to say my boat was fairly strong but did rot. Nothing was sealed. I am about the same net hull weight after the re-build. Were any 2 ever built the same?

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    I almost did that to one of mine. My helper took the saw to cut something else, readjused the depth, and set it back in the boat when I wasn’t looking!

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    First off, Merry Christmas! to all in our boating family.I hope that the new year brings health and safety to all. My project has been a series of ups and downs,mostly downs.My supplies showed up,without any fiberglass cloth.Now the reorder is lost in NJ. So I decided to bore a couple more test holes in the bottom 1/2" of balsa at the bottom of the pad.Then, a dark spot! Chitt. So now it's coming out as well. You can see from the picture again,it's the left side of the pad.whoever built the left side of this boat just diden't getter done correctly.Anyway the next time it fails I'll only have myself to bitch at!Click image for larger version. 

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    Wow Bob, sorry to see the additional work needing to be done

    But SO glad you caught it now

    When you get er done, it will be the boat Howard wanted to build, but hard to do on a production level back in the day. Cost and mass production are two words hard to get in one thought. Kind of like Fast, Good and Cheap....pick only 2!
    He was building 25 boats a week in his peak 77-79....

    http://hydrostream.org/History.htm

    I bet your right about 2 guys working the build...one one port side and the other working the starboard side.
    James H. W2F a V-King... Want 2 Fly a V-King

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    My Project 1979 V-King restore >> http://hydrostreamforums.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=2761

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