38' Richard Alley

Phoenix37

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Real pretty boat. Wood boats are work but advances in technology and epoxy has made their preservation alot easier.
 

Magician

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any one ever fish/own a Richard alley, I was looking at an older 36' just wondering if anyone had any input on the hulls??
 

John Riddle

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A well-built wooden boat that's consistently well maintained does not have to be a nightmare at all. Well-built (for longevity) means appropriate wood species, bronze fastenings, well-fitted joints, and attention to life-preserving details like the use of sealers and bedding compounds where they should be. Fresh water penetration in the structure is generally what does a wooden boat in. If fresh water is kept out by well made joints, tight fastenings, appropriate sealers and bedding compounds, and intact paint and varnish finishes, the life of the boat can be almost indefinite.

The skills required for maintenance are not difficult to learn or perform but you'll spend more time every spring than the average fiberglass boat owner does. At least you'll never have to grind fiberglass when it comes time to replace all the rotten, delaminated core in your hull, deck, stringers, transom or house!
 
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