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donnyvron
May-10-2006 @ 11:40 AM                           Permalink
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Hi there all

For some time now we’ve been thinking about getting our own boat down there on the Broads.  I’ve fancied it for years and Veronica was bitten by the bug on last years holiday.

Yes, I know we’ll never be rich if we own a boat, but what the hell we’re halfway there already (not rich that is).

After weighing up the pros and cons we’ve decided to take the plunge.

Thing is we both like the “Traditional Broads” style of boat, that is the wooden ones.

So the question is, what are the disadvantages of owning a wooden boat?

Really looking for a centre cockpit 2-4 birth shower, pump-out type loo etc.

Must also be able to be handled by someone with only 1 leg and 1 arm and no shirts.  (Well they do say they cost and arm and a leg by the time you’re finished)

Looking forward to your comments.

Graeme

All right so what is the technical name, sharp end or pointy end?

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Hi donnyvron,
I don't think there are any disadvantages with owning a wooden boat as opposed to one made of other materials, as long as you choose one that has been well looked after. I honestly get as much enjoyment out of maintaining a wooden boat as I do out of actually using it. Get a condition report or survey done on the boat before going ahead. Once you've bought your pride and joy, don't skimp on the annual maintenance, make sure you get a decent cover to protect the woodwork during the winter time. The real buzz is when you are out on the water and the compliments you receive from other river users.
enjoy Smile
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I tend to liken owning a wooden boat to owning a classic car, nice thing to have & very prety but I really would not want the responsibility unless it was a smallish yacht or classic launch that I could trail and look after as it deserves and had it as a second boat. If you are able to maintain it (and enjoy the work) or fund the maintainance then they are a joy, but if you just want to go boating then you may be better off with other options.

David

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Well I’ve had both so as to pro’s and con’s, with a wooden boat you are never finished so there is always something to do without going anywhere.  Paradoxically if in poor condition a wooden boat is probably easier to tackle. They are better insulated so nice for early and late season.
You’ll always get a few leaks but they don’t like being kept in strong sunlight so a bit of shade on the mooring helps and turn her round from time to time.
A bit like steam engines they do have bags of character.


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I spend approx 4 weekends a year doing a 27ft yacht, and i reckon that the total maintainance cost this year will be somewhere in the region of £700. There is a myth that you have to work on them all the time. We always wipe the varnish work down to get ride of the dew you get in the mornings, but most people do the same on fibreglass boats, so where is the difference? Also if we get a knock we tend to deal with it quickly, we always have sand paper, white paint and a little tin of varnish to deal with knocks - it only takes 5 minutes to deal with it when it happens, but weeks if you leave it for a year!

Chris

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Wood is good provided it is kept well maintained.
i bought 20ft saily last year and have been enjoying the delights of getting tar varnish off and putting anti foul on.

there will always be something to do and although you can do bits and pieces each year eventually you will need to do something major like strip down varnish/ paint to wood and renew. this is ok if you can do the work.

also think about what will be needed for boat safety certs.

I'd rather be sailing

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Graeme,

Wood is great

Heavy cosy and full of charecter.

If your pleasure is doing the maintainance (and of course revelling in the ooohs and aaahs from passing admirers) then wood is for you.

If your pleasure is boating then as David said above maybe annother material would be more suitable.

Taking a peek at your profile I see you are from Yorkshire. IMHO thats a heck of a long way to drive to spend all your time up to your elbows in sawdust, varnish, paint etc every weekend.

If You do go ahead with a wooden one then do try to get an undercover mooring as it can be heartbreaking to return to the boat in the spring to see what toll nature has taken on your pride and joy.

Just for the record I owned a wooden one when I lived in Norfolk but went Tupperware as soon as I moved away.

Rod

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May-17-2006 @ 2:47 PM                           Permalink
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Hi all and thanks for the replies.

We've taken all the comments onboard and decided to put the wooden boat on the back burner for now.

Maybe a bit much for a first boat.

Graeme

All right so what is the technical name, sharp end or pointy end?


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