I have always owned wood boats, they were all we could ever afford. Our current
boat is 75' and displaces 102 tons. She was built in 1932.
Entropy is alive and well in all boats, and perhaps more in our wooden boat than in a fiberglass
boat the same age. Ooooops! Of course, there are no fiberglass
boats that old. I wonder what shape your Bayliner will be when it hits it's 80's?
I think that there are more things to take into consideration when looking to buy a wooden boat. Salt water
is a wooden boats friend, fresh water
is the enemy. Deck leaks
will kill a wood boat well before a drip from a stuffing box. I would rather buy a wood boat with a well maintained solid wood deck
than a curled up teak
over glass over plywood
with mushrooms growing on the underside.
It is most certain that long term you will spend more maintaining your wood boat than you would an equivilant plastic one. But that can be offset by a much lower initial cost. Remember, the hull
is just one part of many that need taking care of on any boat.
I like wood. If I have a bad part, I can remove it and replace it with a new hunk of wood.
I think that much of the anti-woodboat opinions you'll read here are from folks with no experience in owning and maintaining a woodboat. However, be very careful to survey
and seek advice from experienced woodboat surveyors and owners before you pull the trigger.
BTW, we also run the original 1932 Washington Diesel
. We cover about 6000 miles each year, so we're not a yacht club cruise
rig, we earn our living.