Vector Hull Material


I have a 78 Vector that I am working on for a winter project. The core was bad. I've removed the floor and all of the core material from the cross member back to the transom. I've finished all the grinding and clean-up work (boy what a job!!) The stringers are good thank the lord. What is the best way to replace the core material? And where can you get it? Can I just use 3 or 4 ft wide woven glass material like they have on the upper sides. I know this will be heaver than the balsa but will it work? If so, how thick. My hull is in great shape looks like a new boat outside. I just want it to be right when completed. I'm running a Very strong 200 Mercury on a plate that is bolted to the transom, it is setting fixed 4 1/2" up. The prop is a Seabold modified 28 cleaver. Is this ok or is there a better way?

Thanks, Tom



Sounds like your setup is good so lets talk about the hull. You could replace the core with balsa or kledgecell but it is very important to remove all the gaps and such. You could use woven roving and s-glass in bi-directional layers. The thickness varies on how your glasswork is. I would go for a 5/16 to 3/8" total thickness. This is because me and you are not a boat builder and the layup might be a little thick. Adding a few small stringers will only help the overall project and with the power you have I'd go for added strength. After the boat is done you will need to check the bottom for trueness. The boat came with a wedge in the hull that is kind of a big hook but this is to make the boat break the tail free. You are looking for things like "the leftside of the boat is different than the right" and obvious things like that. If you want the core material go to the Baltek balsa site on the web. Good luck and many messy hands,




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