Noyce “sounded” the bottom of the hull, tapping with a phenolic hammer and using his experienced ear to ferret out any voids in the laminate. None were found. He ran a moisture meter over the hull, another device requiring experience to use properly. Moisture meter levels were very low, taken before departure for comparison on the boat’s return from the Great Loop.
Although a hull liner covered most areas of the interior, he inspected the bulkheads, where accessible, and found no signs of working, rot, deterioration or delamination. Noyce commented that, with modern materials and bonding adhesives, a liner adds great strength to the hull. But there is a trade-off in the event of a collision, because the liner system causes more work to diagnose and repair since access is impeded. The taping of the bulkhead-to-hull bond was secure. All fillet bonds were properly wetted out and showed no signs of peeling, parting or cracking.
The stringer grid featured wide flanges, allowing the adhesive plenty of surface area to forge its chemical bond. The grid was continuous, running the length of the hull, and Noyce commented that this system distributes the strain from running through seas better than noncontinuous stringers do. Access to engine systems for normal maintenance was good, even to the outboard sides.