Great pics of the woody! We love that event. We had planned to be up there for the Seattle
show, and the Wooden Boat Festival, but had a death in the family
Anyone blow up on the beach this year?
We love our wooden boats. My current
woody is a 1940 double ender of mahogany. Maintenance is really no worse than on my plastic fantastic Challenger, but it IS more critical.
And 7knots, it never passes. You may get tired of working on the boat, but trust me, if you give up your wood boat, in a few months you will be looking longingly at every old woody that sails
by, thinking "that's what sailing is all about".
Varnish has a classic look, but it is not as important as the wood itself. A wooden boat, just feels different flowing through the water. Only the hatch
on Kittiwake, my double ender, is varnished. Recently, I added jam cleats
for the staysail sheets
, and I varnished the teak
bases, but that is about the size of a pack of smokes. She still looks all the classic with painted bulwarks, and cabin
. The teak deck
a couple times a year, but no shine there.
Of course, the species of wood does matter, but I tend to look towards the work boats. Fir may not last as long, but it is a heck of a lot cheaper and easier to replace when it does go rotten.