If you like to work on boats especially paint
, a wooden boat can be a good deal. Poor condition ones show, up though with decreasing regularity, at good prices or even free. Problem is the time, labor and cost to keep them in good shape and stay ahead of rot
and the worms. Still if you have good woodworking skills, you can keep a wooden boat going virtually forever with little money
though a lot of time. Personally like the look and feel of a wooden boat. Would I ever own another one, no way. Unlike an FRP boat, laziness and a little neglect can lead to major repair issues and even loss of the boat. In the tropics where I live, a wooden boat is a nightmare. In less hospitable environments like the NE and NW, wooden boats are a better proposition. With the less intense sun, lower temperatures and short seasons, keeping a wooden boat isn't as onerous a task so you still see a lot of them.
In the current
state of the boating
market, there are a ton of FRP boats that can be had for cheap
and require little more than a soap, water
grease to get back on the water
. Makes it real hard to justify going with a wooden boat in any condition.