Originally Posted by David M
The first aircraft were also built of wood and canvas
. No disrespect for wood boats, I love their beauty as well. The fact still remains that if wood was a superior, more economical material, then we would see new commercial
vessels being made of wood. For production boats fiberglass/plastic molded boats are most cost effective. For smaller custom made boats, its aluminum
companies are indeed hesitant to insure wood boats because there are too many unknowns and a greater frequency of them sinking, on a same hull
material basis. Some boatyards
refuse to haul wood boats for fear of breaking them.
matters then stick with a material where there are fewer unknowns and prices for repairs
are less and the frequency of repairs are less.
Yes mate, you hit the nail right on the head
when you say:
For production boats fiberglass/plastic molded boats are most cost effective.
Any boat builder
, if he's honest, will tell you right up front, he would rather build a vessel in plastic and make a bigger profit for himself!
Building the same vessle in real timber, not ply, would cost much more for materials and good carpenters don't come for a song either
and that would reduce "his" profit...A lot.
If I had the space...and the time, I would seriously look at building a cat like this Aussie $21,000, 30 foot+ Catamaran! She's not built in full timber, she's built in ply and glass. But I would build a larger one, say 40' and talk with a good boat builder
for building her stronger.
You can see the full details, with pictures from woa to go on the water here
As a day sailor/week-ender, I reckon she's a little beaut and so easy to build.
We all have different preferences...Thank God, it would be a boring life if we all liked and went for the same things