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Old 03-27-2011
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Originally Posted by Sublime View Post
People who get into huge arguments over which is better have too much time on their hands. Sailing is about sailing, not the hull materials.
Whilst I agree with your first point, I wouldn't the second..

Owning a historic wooden boat (or even better - just sailing on someone elses!) takes sailing to a whole new level. A different level to, say, fibreglass cruising to carbon-fibre racing, but a different level anyways.

Wooden-hulled boats react differently to the waves, flex and move differently to other constructions and just generally "feel" different - more "alive" - as does welded vs. rivetted steel. It's a bit difficult to describe, but all of a sudden, on a wooden boat, sailing is more than just getting to a destination quickly (you can do that better in a stinkpot) and working on the thing is (supposed to be) part of that enjoyment.

Try it sometime.

Just 5c from a wooden boat owner..
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Last edited by Classic30; 03-27-2011 at 09:59 PM.
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