Wood boats are better in salt water no doubt about it in my opinion but John P has a very good point about fasteners. What do they put in food to keep it from rotting (spoiling) salt! They say Douglas Fir almost never rots in salt water but goes like other woods in fresh. Another problem w wood boats is that they work. They are an assemblage of small parts screwed, nailed and bolted together. the parts are made of wood that is not dimensionally stable. The wood expans and contracts. When a boat quarters in a sea the waves tend to twist the hull*** ...back and forth*** ..this way and that. It's a wonder they stay together as long as they do. When you see a boat that's been sister ribed more than once, refastened, mostly replanked and w extensive keel repairs w wood of a different species than original walk away as though you've been to a funeral*** ..because you have. But don't volunteer to burry the cadaver. Like Art I love wood boats but 98% of wood boats available today are OLD wood boats. At my age I'd buy a new wood boat in a flash but a 40 year lid** ...almost never. It's a bit like buying a steel car that never got painted. Having said the above I was temped to buy a wood boat and sell it in 10 years for whatever mostly out of frustration because most of the boats I wanted were old wood boats. I'll edit and post a link to one I was lusting over.
This is a real trawler guys. 1.5 gph, 1250rpm cruise, 5' draft, canoe stern ect ect. But you can't buy one anything like this in plastic or anything else except with a new custom build. The only way for an average guy like me to own something like this is to buy an old wood boat. And that my friends could be justafication for buying an old wood boat.
-- Edited by nomadwilly on Saturday 2nd of April 2011 09:57:12 AM