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Re: intervention councelor(s) needed...
In reality there almost no glass boats with structural wood. Keel sumps, mast steps, engine mounts are plastic or metal. I think Catalina used some wood for mast steps for a while, causing no end of grief. Many boats do have wood cored decks, most would agree this is the biggest problem in older glass boats. There is a theme here.
Despite this I like wood boats, and have built 3 small ones. The key is maintaining them. You must be super vigilant about fresh water intrusion, this is what kills most wood boats. If you have the time (or $), and love maintaining boats as much as sailing them, it could be a good choice.
Another option is cold molded construction, some are left unpainted. You still have to maintain a U/V resistant coating, but they can look great with lower maintainence than a "true" wood boat. Search for Nightrunner a Perry desingned boat for a great example.