Quote Originally Posted by mnpracing View Post
On another note, I don't understand the design. Why is flotation foam needed? If it is indeed needed, why not mold this area into the main hull rather than "caulking" a piece of fiberglass to another piece of fiberglass and expecting that to last the life of the boat.
Because in order to meet Coast Guard requirements all mfgrs need to use flotation foam. If it wasn't for the foam your boat would sink if swamped.

Almost all mfgrs also use the modular design now as well. It's a common and accepted practice and has been for years to bond sections together.