They may seem as a luxury that only rich get to enjoy, but even with a more modest budget, you can still get one. Why would anybody want them? Apart from some issues with maintenance, the wooden hull is still something to think about.
The maintenance issue
So where is my ship?
From previous owner
New replica/custom built
For sure, there are many good boatbuilders out there who prefer wood. Not everybody has one million pounds for the Spirit Yachts unfortunately. Although if you watch this next video, perhaps you will understand why these boats are so expensive:
Things to consider
- The final survey and inspections of the wooden sailboat are from another dimension compared to fiberglass boats. You have to check everything and its state.
- Think about your living onboard needs. Even if you plan to make a replica of some historic ship it does not mean that there will be no water-maker, shower etc. The other side of the coin is that you have to think twice before putting any high-tech equipment into the classic boat.
- Consider that wood is a natural material. It may sound nice to put some chemical magic on your hull, deck or elsewhere because the manufacturer claims that “it will be maintenance-free for 5-6 years”, but restorability of your steps has to be considered. The natural materials work best with natural maintenance agents and ways of work.
- It is very sad to say, but nowadays there is not so much A+ quality wood out there for boatbuilding. Those old boats are build from wood obtained from 300-450 years old trees. The best wood went to the shipyards. The magic of most successful ship of the American fleet (The Constitution) depended on the special oak, which is now protected and almost extinct. This is an extreme example, but it is valid for other wood materials in 21st century. There are no good old trees out there, even forestry business is going faster every day. The old, but good wood that can be reclaimed is a real treasure for you! When you dig out some old pirate treasure on an island out there, check the wooden case first, maybe it has more value that the gold! -)