That's absolutely right...we have a 35 yearold John Spencer...triple skin kauri ply over mahogany frames and stringers (like Ragtime) ...the hull is as solid as they day she was built.
The "wooden boat" issues I've had all related to rainwater getting in under the teak
decking and causing rot..and leaks.
Its all being replaced as we speak ...teak ripped off...all the foredeck had to be replaced because of rot, as well as some parts
of the coach roof....now its all repaired and glassed over the gunwales to the hull then painted with epoxy based paint.
That should keep the drips out !
is a mix of varnished mahogany and white painted panels
...maintenace of this is not a big issue and its cetainly more comfortable and homely than living inside a plastic bottle !!
She goes back in on Monday with mast
being stepped, all new SS rigging
and a new cutter
stay...ready for the "off" next year.
We lover her !