Dont be misguided by what you read on this forum concerning the lack of maintenance/dryrot/deck repair/replacing planks, etc.
Ask anyone about how much fun it is to replace rotted cores in decks, bulkheads, engine
sides, hull to deck
joints, not to mention the inevitable blisters
, gell coat cracks, delamination
, etc, etc, etc.
There is no perfect medium in boat building yet.
They all have there miseries, nightmares and methods of sucking every last dollar out of your pocket.
Personally, I have found a better value for the dollar in wood boats - SOME wood boats - few and far between these days for sure. If you are lucky, you might stumble onto a finely crafted wood hull that will last a 100 years that is in it's half life for 1/3 the cost of a comparable fiberglass
boat. How much money
to you want to spend to go sailing?
I bought my all teak
, copper riveted, German designed, fine yacht for peanuts - sure, I've spent a few bucks fixing this and that but so what? The other two thirds of my money
that I would have spent on a glass boat is still in my pocket. My old wooden wreck will out last me for sure - unless I sink it or burn it up. My yearly use tax bill is nothing compared to what most people pay for a 48' boat. My haul out
is no different that anyone elses.
You just need to get some knowledge before you jump into the game
One thing I hate about owning a cool old wooden yacht is that people on the dock
are always complementing me and asking me questions and wanting to know the history
and wanting to come on board to check out her layout,etc. - Drives me nuts! Seems I can never get all the horrible work done from all the interruptions!
To each his own - I also own a fiberglass
trailer sailor and a 16' go fast aluminum
boat -I finally sold my canoe - but I kept the paddle.