I am seriously considering buying a thirty foot wooden schooner. The construction appears to be oak frames and i''m going to guess cedar planks. The hull has been glassed over in the last two years. When i went to look at the boat this past week, i found it looked great inside and out. On closer inspection i found that several of the rib have split vertically. The worst one i saw had a seperation of 1/2". Also i found on one rib at the bottom, were it attaches to the deadwood, that i could stick my pocket knife into about 1/2" deep.
The question that i have is this typical for a wood boat. Specifically does it hurt the strucrural integrity of the boat for those ribs to be split? The broker was of the opinion that the Fiberglass overlay made it all better.
I don''t know, that''s why i''m asking. The boat was built in 1959 by a reputable boat builder.
Other than that the appears to be in excellent condition.
I would appreciate any input.