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post #2 of Old 06-10-2004
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Wood or Glass?

Do you like working with wood? Do you have either time, skill or money? If the answer to the first question is yes and you have any of the second 3 then look hard at wood.

Also be aware that cold molded wood is a very different animal from traditional wood and has some really nice properties of its own.

Finding wood in remote places for repairs is not guaranteed plenty of places will either not have wood or have the wrong wood. It is true that fixing more traditional block and tackle rigging is easier in remote places because the parts are simple and easy to replace. However there are a lot of advantages to modern materials in a rig as well the biggest being that you don''t need to be very strong to handle a boat if you have winches.

Personally my boat is a composite (wood under glass) sloop with internal ballast of concrete and pig iron and a gaff rig that is all block and tackle. I happen to like this a lot. Figure out what you like a lot and go with it. There are a lot of good boats (and bad boats too) in both wood and glass you will end up with a boat that makes you happier if you keep an open mind about materials and spend the time to get a good one.

PS what ever you do don''t buy a wooden boat that had the exterior of the hull glassed over to stop leaks. Bad bad bad.
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