Re: 2-piece blanks
FYI, you can get a 2pc 8'6" T & T Horizon II Saltwater 13wt blank for a sweet price at Madison River Fly Shop right now. You want ferrule strength? I suspect that blank will have all kinds of strength to spare.
Also TFO 8 and 10wt signature blanks, both 9' if you happen to be interested.
Again, just FYI.