I'm still doubtful that no epoxy
Posted by: pblanc on Sep-23-12 7:26 AM (EST)
was applied to the wood. Okoume doesn't look much different after sealing it with a coat of epoxy. It just gets a little darker, as it would after applying some penetrating oil or varnish. The wood of the interior and the deck on the boat in question is pretty dark.
You can clearly see fiberglass seam tapes running down the keel line of the interior and over the joints at the front and back of the cockpit coaming. Since the interior joints were taped I think it is likely that the entire interior of the boat was not sheathed in 'glass, but that's OK. Is it possible that someone did not 'glass the exterior to save weight? I guess so, but I'm still doubtful.
Again, sanding an area on the hull exterior should answer the question. If fiberglass fibers are seen, then obviously epoxy (or some resin) has been applied to the hull.