Wood boats are organic, quiet, cool in summer, warm in winter, a good one will float even if holed and it can be repaired easily anywhere in the world. maintenance
is the same no matter what youve got.
Steel is noisy, cold or hot, sharp and hard. must be kept in perfect paint
. agreeably the strongest hull
if built right with the correct materials.
Glass is still a mystery - alot of 30year old boats are coming apart, blistering up, delaminating, etc,etc. even when maintained well. you can sink one with a 30-06. I blew big chunks out of a hull on the beach in Alaska
with mine - a fish
boat hull - not a yacht.
I'm almost convinced that ferro
cement is as good as steel. If done right they'll outlast them all.
I've been at sea for over 40 years messing about in boats under 126' - Yachts, power and commercial fish
boats. I've delivered my share of them up & down the coast from the Canal to Alaska
. Across the Atlantic from the Med to Aruba
, a couple of years in the Carribean sailing & delivering, a few years in Mexico
. Have yet to cross the Pacific - maybe yet. I'd like to sail to Thialand where my boat was built 70 years ago - no doubt the boat would make it - don't know about the owner though!
Without a doubt, my best trips at sea were on good wood boats - worst were on steel - not that there arent some good ones out there- I just never found one I liked as well as wood.
To each his own as the saying goes!