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Wood doesn't scare me, but neglect hidden by cosmetics does. My first boat was a Mirror dinghy, so I cut my teeth on wood maintenance, wood repair, and the importance of not getting behind the maintenance curve.
Then, apparently i got stupid.
My next boat was a 27' Owens cruiser, with a fresh paint job, and suspiciously, the only painted transom in the entire marina. Said transom promptly attempted to exit the boat when hauled for winter after my first and last season of ownership.
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.

And last fall i found another one, in need of a new steward. You don't own a wooden boat- you're simply the caretaker, maintaining the legacy.

Funny thing about wooden boats is that you never find the right boat- it finds you, and when it does, all of your rationalizations and rules of boat ownership fly out the window. If she is the right boat, you WILL resuscitate her and love every minute and every dollar spent, and there are few fiberglass boats that make me feel the same way.
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Hear hear. I didn't find Oh Joy, she found me, literally...

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I'm scared of wood, because of the indignity of having my boat eaten by clams

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I'm not afraid of wood; I'm afraid of what munches on wood (clams, worms, termites, bacteria, etc).

You are doing a great job with Oh Joy, Charlie. But that's a TON of effort to get her re-built. I've seen many, many boats like yours get started and never make it out of the yard because of the patience and dilligence needed to see the project through to being finished. Finding the problems is one thing; having the know how and skills to fix them is quite another; and most mere mortals don't have the aptitude to do what you find to be "easy".

Be sure and post some pictures of the re-launch and sailing in all her glory!!
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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.
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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.
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That's been my experience. If you're not playing "catch up" the work is light and easily done.
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