Both of these hulls are over 30 years old, kinda says it all.John Fenner wrote:You will not regret the stossel hull, all were built with 7075 T-6 as any real boat should be, great hulls with many out there for over 30 years, welded hulls are way overrated but folks still buy them, not sure why.
Both of these hulls are 0.100 7075 and are pretty bullet proof. The damage on the red hull comes from 2 collisions with solid rock and will get resolved. One time I was searching the tall grass for a headstone my dad's buddy placed for his favorite dog, well I found it! .125 would be double the strength for sure, but I'm not sure it would handle these impacts either. 40 pounds is 40 pounds I can't haul, I think these hulls show that 0.100 is pretty damn durable.Seven3 wrote:No brainer on going 7075. I’m no hull builder, but I’ve wondered why more people aren’t building their 7075 hulls out of .125. I did some research two years ago before I ordered my new hull, compared weight figures from multiple suppliers, and figured that a 13x7’2 hull made of .125 only weighs about 40 pounds heavier than a .100 hull. Unless you’re building a racer, 40 pounds is just nominal and well-worth the increased hull strength.
Everything is a compromise.