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post #10 of Old 08-25-2007
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They're beautiful boats that's for sure, but it costs a fortune to fit them out. If you are not willing to update the boat, thereby losing a certain amount of their authenticity and charm, then you are frequently forced to have your fittings and parts custom-made.

There is quite a difference between maintaining a planked/carvel wooden boat and a composite cold-moulded one. Wooden boats need steam-bent planks, grown knees and everything is attached to everything else.

Guess I'm sounding like a wet blanket - sorry. The classic wooden yachts have a grace and beauty that fibreglass has never matched. They are organic creatures and have their own ways of sailing, which always seems to feel a little more peaceful than a lot of the plastic stuff. But you really pay for it in time, money and frustration.

That said - I frequently go to this website just to drool....
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