Join Date: Mar 2012
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Re: Wood vs Fiberglass Maintenance cost/time
Compromise. Buy a ferrocement boat. :-)
On a less controversial note, finding a boat that suits both of you strikes me as a better solution.
There are lots of boats with very pretty and roomy interiors, nicely appointed with wood interiors. If you are looking at maintaining a wood boat because it has a nice interior and appliances, why not buy a boat with an exterior that is durable, and spend the money, blood and sweat on making the interior exactly how you want it, with even nicer appliances etc instead.
Alternatively, find a boat you both like, that suits both your needs instead of one or the other only. I bet if you both came on sailnet, and had a thread with the things you were each looking for, people could help you find one you'd both be happy with.