1) Do the H18 hulls normally have any foam blocks or bladders for reserve buoyancy?
2) Have any of the rest of you encountered stress concentration areas between hull core and deck laminations outboard on the forward crossbeam?
3) Have any of you used a bedding compound on the crossbeams to improve load redistribution? If so, what releasing agent is recommended?
4) Has anyone had experience with both mesh and vinyl trampolines (both from Hobie) and have definitive input on relative longevity? I have read the forums on this topic but have mostly found comparisons to 3rd party products.
5) Is the downhaul and outhaul on this particular boat adequate to de-power the rig? Any other significant tricks to de-power this boat?
6) Any recommendations on sanding methods for textured deck surfaces? Due to damage and repairs, 2-part epoxy primer and 1 part urethane coating will be used and sanding for proper adhesion is critical. I am planning to use medium grit bronze wool, but am looking for ideas.
1) Yes, blocks for flotation. Not sure what you mean by "reserve".
4) I believe the vinyl to be longer lived, simply from the standpoint it is tougher. In my experience, you'll damage a tramp to the point of replacement before you actually "wear it out". Protected from UV when not in use both should last quite a while.
5) 8:1 is class legal, upgrade it, you won't be disappointed. Stock outhaul is fine.
6) Captain Dave used, I beleive, Bon-Ami and a bristle brush, after using a wax removing agent.