It's been a while since anyone posted on this thread but now I'm in the hot seat and thinking of buying this boat. Mudhake, would you mind sharing your impressions of it? I hear wildly differing opinions regarding a sealed wooden hull like this. I have friends who tell me that if the boat was really taken down to the wood, wetted with epoxy, then glassed then faired out with thick stuff that it was done right and should last. I've talk to surveyors on the phone who just laugh at the idea a boat can be treated like that. The guy wants to trade my '85 26' CC Seaway and some cash for this boat. I think it's gorgeous and my use is basically noodling around my part of the Cape. The owner talks it up but I'm in need of object 3rd party views. - Dave R
Tagging along to this thread… also interested in opinions on glass over wood.
The best negative explanation I heard is that glass-over-wood will strengthen & keep outside water from penetrating but it also stops the wood from breathing. Moisture/rain entering from above is essentially trapped & will rot the wood. It’s a good practice if an owner wants an inexpensive way to add a few years to a woodie but is not be a long-term solution.
Sounds plausible, but I don’t know how accurate it is or what the useful life is once it’s done.
I would probably want to see some pictures of the work in process myself and go through the work that was done...but if he's willing to take your old boat in trade for it, well it's a no-brainer for me!
That boat with the exception of the transom reminds me of that commuter boat Aphrodite.