I'm not afraid of wood
. I too like working in wood. Its dealing with a used wood boat
that I'm afraid of. This fear comes from my experiences with my first 3 boats, which were wood. The first one was bought while it sat on the bottom of Frenchmans bay. I learned a lot about wood working on that one so it was a good thing.
My second one was a 1947 Northsea fish
kutter, a massive 38 foot beast built of oak on oak. We are talking 2 inch thick planks on sawn frames that were 3 inch thick and 7 inches deep. The stem was about 8 inches wide by 12 inches deep and about twice as long as I was. The problem with her was that the previous owner had let her fall apart, and she was rotten from end to end. I never did get her in the water
and I'm glad I did'nt. Anyone who wants to see her should go to Canadas Wonderland up highway 400 and see the pirate show. That what she ended up as after I lost
my job and gave her away.
The third one was a 30 foot cutter
, cedar on oak frames. This one had had the bilge
filled with concrete n steel
scrap. The entire insides were rotted out, and the upper works were rotten too from water
leaking in from the destroyed canvas deck
covering. That adventure ended more or less the same, lost
my job and gave her back to the original owner. ( I do still have some parts
of her as keepsakes) I think I mentioned having to sister 32 consecutive pairs of ribs on one of my replys to Charlies posts. Also about repairing the keel
top with gallons of west system to keep the keel
from disintigrating into dust.
But by the same token I've seen some wood boats fresh built that are works of art. I think that if I could have one recently built of wood, with the interior
completely and readily accessible I might give it a try. However, for my purposes, steel
is the way to go for me. At least for the hull
house n mast
on Espie are wood and I like working on it. I think my problem was that I was overwhelmed by rot
and didn't have the wherewithal to spend the time and money
to fix the problems faster that new ones were found or developed. Right now I am looking at scarfing in new material to the base of Espies' deckhouse all around. I have the skill set, the tools and for now a job that will allow me to do the repairs
that i need. But the repair is a small job with a defined start and end. Not an ongoing battle that I can't win.