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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
you cant take a cutting torch to wood, cut out a piece then weld in another like you can with steel. Aluminum can be handled this way but it takes more skill and annealing is a problem. fibreglass is pretty easy to repair and properly laid up very very strong. I prefer wood for many reason but no longer own any wood boats because of the upkeep
Wood/composite is easy to repair if you have the necessary skill. There are several schools in the USA and elsewhere that teach these skill.
One example: Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building | Port Hadlock, Washington