Between wives I bought and lived aboard a CC Sea Skiff- fast, thirsty, comfy and solid, and I realized how little maintenance there is to do when you are not playing catch-up.
A very valid point, well put. My first wood boat was a dinghy that I built. She needed no repair for about 15 years. My second was 30 when I got her, but fairly sound. I worked on her each season, but not excessively. I never missed a sailing season. My third was about 38 years old, she needed more and more, finally requiring a rebuild. The current one is the largest and the oldest bought. She needs a little paint, some upgrade equipment. No more work than any older fiberglass boat. Each boat differed in construction and maintenance history. There isn't a single soft spot on Wandering Star, I aim to keep it that way. It won't be hard, because she's not dead or even sick.