"It is, but I prefer sailing to varnishing.
I agree... I can stand a little bit of varnish here and there, but the demands of a wooden boat are a bit beyond my patience. I am just glad that others take on the challenge so I can reap the rewards as a spectator! ;o)
"Was this a wooden boat that was glassed over or was it built this way from the get-go?"
It was originally a wooden boat that was hauled out, sat to dry out for a year, and then was glassed over. The interior of the hull was stripped down, sanded, and epoxied over with a west marine epoxy as well. To me it's simply not worth the risk of having some unnoticed minor abrasion cause the hull to rot out leaving an egg shell of fiberglass for a hull. Bummer too... it could have been a sweet little boat.