OK so here's what I'm getting:
-- I'm getting some saying it's more upkeep, some saying it's less. This is really the crux of the issue for me, and I appreciate the feedback, especially those saying it is easy to maintain. How often do you refinish the wood interior
of your boat? How much work is it? What do you need to do to non-wood surfaces, and how often? Ultimately I care much more about a boat that is easier to maintain than one that looks better in the boat show
2) Style, lots of people saying wood is more homey. But, do a google
image search for "home interior" you'll see houses with wood trim and wood "soles" but rarely wood "bulkheads" or wood "cabin tops." So unless you grew up in a log cabin
, I reject that this is actually "homey"... just "boaty." As for the chlorox bottle, walk into any new home or condo, chances are excellent you'll see white ceilings and white walls. People like this in their homes, not their boats. I'm not arguing for the utter absence of wood -- wood trim is beautiful in both homes and boats -- but I am wondering why it is so hard to find a boat that uses wood trim in the same bright, tasteful and reserved way that you'll see in your terrestrial home.
4) Weight -- I stand corrected on strength/weight -- although I think it's a bit beside the point. The boat's hull
is already there, and a lot of the wood and liners that get added isn't there for structural or functional reasons. Also, while solid fiberglass
arguably loses to wood on strength to weight ratio, cored fiberglass
wins hands down.
Thanks for the discussion and feedback. I really do appreciate it.