Originally Posted by Wotname
I would happily own another wooden boat if it was already in good condition. It is way easier to keep a good wooden boat in good condition than to try to repair one that has been let deteriorate.
You only need three items to survey
a wooden wood; your nose, your eyes and an ice pick. The ice pick is essential IMO. OK, yes, you do need a light and your hands as well
I think that's probably a great point. Having a wood boat in good condition from the beginning has to make things much easier. Nip the problems in the bud from the beginning, and don't let them spread.
I've always wondered about the ice pick technique - is there any chance that damages the wood in a way, or does it just swell back up with no concern?