Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Paul LoGiudice and I am the VP of Sales and Marketing for Hustler Powerboats. I came across your posting online when someone brought it to my attention. The 26 foot boat you are referring to is the 266 Classic. This boat, as well as all boats that we design, uses fiberglass, wood, and foam in the contruction of the boat.
The 4 full-length stringers that we use for this boat is made out of wood but encapped with resin, foam, and fiberglass to prevent water penetration. In fact, every hole that we drill into the stringers recieves a fiberglass pipe to pass through the hole and then glassed in unlike most of the competition which simply put gel coat over each hole that is drilled into the stringers. We use high-density foam (Baltek Airlite Core) rather than balsa wood to give the boat more structual support. The high-density foam is vacuum bagged to suck the extra resin from the fiberglass into the foam, making the foam even stronger than before.
I cannot compare our product in comparision to other brands as I do not know much of how other brands are constructed. However I can tell you that we build a quality product and are very proud to do so. Also, we have not reported any problems with water issues with our hulls since we changed from a balsa core to a high density foam core in 2000.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at the office or via e-mail. My e-mail address is [email protected]
and our phone number is 631-208-2933. I will be looking forward to talking with you.
VP of Sales and Marketing