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Am I crazy to look at Timber Hulls?

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Created by Isbjorn A week ago, 11 Feb 2020
Isbjorn
25 posts
11 Feb 2020 8:02PM
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HI All

I'm looking for a first sail boat. I do not currently sail I spend most of my free time on my stinkboat fishing. Dreaming of sailing and probably will just continue dreaming but I just might pull the trigger. I've been reading a fair bit over the last year or so and predominantly for inexpensive beginner boats people usually recommend Fiberglass over timber. I'm happy with slow and stable. I'm also happy with a nice enough cabin that I can take the Mrs onboard for a romantic sleepover. That ain't happening on my fishing boat lol Some of these old girls sure look nice in the pictures. Is the annual work required to keep them floating on a mooring that much more than the Fiberglass boat?

www.boatsales.com.au/boats/details/1959-herreshoff-28/OAG-AD-18339556/ (lovely)

www.boatsales.com.au/boats/details/1988-nicholson-32/SSE-AD-6454652/ (OK this one has a FG Hull lol)

www.boatsales.com.au/boats/details/1950-classic-wooden-sloop/SSE-AD-3082698/ (Just love this old one)

yachthub.com/list/yachts-for-sale/used/sail-monohulls/cheoy-lee-herreshoff-30-bermudan-ketch/239152 (Another glass hull)

I don't have enough cash for any of these but they are so lovely to look at.

Am I sick?

Bear

cisco
QLD, 11530 posts
12 Feb 2020 3:56AM
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For me it would be the Nicholson 32 by a mile.

All@Sea
TAS, 148 posts
12 Feb 2020 7:31AM
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A quick look finds these that seem to "need" relatively little work before use, and far less initial than the one's you've listed... The Compass is a great design, a mate in your position (zero sailing experience, but comfortable on the ocean - with a willing partner) recently bought a Compass 29, and is out sailing most weeks. Not quite as "classic" to the eye, but most of these have attractive lines, and are all GRP.

To answer your question, a well maintained wooden yacht will far live its owner, as will glass, but if let go wood can deteriorate faster, and maintenance on glass is generally a little easier.

www.boatsales.com.au/boats/details/1974-compass-yachts-28/OAG-AD-16152032/?Cr=8

www.boatsales.com.au/boats/details/compass-28/OAG-AD-17461861/?Cr=13

www.boatsales.com.au/boats/details/1980-duncanson-29/SSE-AD-4554034/?Cr=24

www.boatsales.com.au/boats/details/1980-peter-cole-racing-yacht/SSE-AD-5880029/?Cr=31

www.boatsales.com.au/boats/details/1987-joubert-sloop/SSE-AD-6176317/?Cr=1

www.boatsales.com.au/boats/details/1977-pion-30/OAG-AD-16625832/?Cr=15

www.boatsales.com.au/boats/details/1982-joubert-sloop/SSE-AD-6226381/?Cr=22

boty
QLD, 563 posts
12 Feb 2020 7:43AM
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the first h28 would be my pick as retaining its resale value the best timber boats require more maintence than glass but it is easily carried out by amateurs (painting ) major costs on yachts are engineering and rigging sails this is the same for all vessels

lydia
1001 posts
12 Feb 2020 7:17AM
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Boty is been bashful again and knows nothing about maintaining timber boats!
Sorry mate had to out you!


LooseChange
NSW, 2026 posts
12 Feb 2020 10:43AM
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Isbjorn said..

Am I sick?


Yes, and here's hoping for a long sickness

lydia
1001 posts
12 Feb 2020 9:15AM
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Think of it as the modern psychologists call it 'mindfulness"

Isbjorn
25 posts
12 Feb 2020 11:53AM
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All@Sea said..
A quick look finds these that seem to "need" relatively little work before use, and far less initial than the one's you've listed... The Compass is a great design, a mate in your position (zero sailing experience, but comfortable on the ocean - with a willing partner) recently bought a Compass 29, and is out sailing most weeks. Not quite as "classic" to the eye, but most of these have attractive lines, and are all GRP.

To answer your question, a well maintained wooden yacht will far live its owner, as will glass, but if let go wood can deteriorate faster, and maintenance on glass is generally a little easier.

www.boatsales.com.au/boats/details/1974-compass-yachts-28/OAG-AD-16152032/?Cr=8




That first one you listed is named "Se Bear"

That's a name I've not heard before

Thanks for your tips

Bear

Reef Knot
NSW, 55 posts
12 Feb 2020 7:02PM
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I lust over traditional wooden boats too. Lydia, that pic looks great.

tired
66 posts
13 Feb 2020 6:48AM
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I lusted after wooden boats too,
Went to the wooden boat festivals,
Bought the book,
watched youtube blah blah

Then l bought one ( not a yacht though )

Haven't stopped working on the @$% ?# stoopid thing since,

Ya gotta love 'em though,

boty
QLD, 563 posts
13 Feb 2020 4:12PM
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where did you dig that photo up from I reckon tit was taken 15 years ago

jbear
NSW, 113 posts
13 Feb 2020 6:31PM
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Need some wood skills ,tools , money and somewhere to work on them






Isbjorn
25 posts
13 Feb 2020 4:45PM
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Hmm well I have some woodworking skills, plenty of tools, not that much money, and really no place to work on one.. I think I will continue to look for fibreglass hulls.

tired
66 posts
14 Feb 2020 9:33AM
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Good decision.

Guitz
VIC, 460 posts
15 Feb 2020 6:10PM
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.......mine is a good'n and not too much work. Hull and deck of Iroko, also known as African Teak. Perkins 4108 motor







Isbjorn
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Saturday , 15 Feb 2020 7:56PM
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Guitz said..
.......mine is a good'n and not too much work. Hull and deck of Iroko, also known as African Teak. Perkins 4108 motor








Ohh this is lovely. Nice boat mate

Isbjorn
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Sunday , 16 Feb 2020 12:38AM
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This one is still my favourite

www.boatsales.com.au/boats/details/1950-classic-wooden-sloop/SSE-AD-3082698/?utm_source=seabreeze.com.au

It's just about 10k more than I have lol

All@Sea
TAS, 148 posts
Wednesday , 19 Feb 2020 7:44AM
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Isbjorn said..
This one is still my favourite

www.boatsales.com.au/boats/details/1950-classic-wooden-sloop/SSE-AD-3082698/?utm_source=seabreeze.com.au

It's just about 10k more than I have lol


... it is a buyer's market... you'll never know unless you ask - offer what you can afford - even if they don't accept, they may get back to you if/when they fail to get any other offers...

Ramona
NSW, 5445 posts
Wednesday , 19 Feb 2020 7:57AM
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This is the best pick of the wooden boats for sale at the moment.

yachthub.com/list/yachts-for-sale/used/sail-monohulls/sparkman-stephens-37-beautiful-classic-timber-s-s-37/240193

Isbjorn
25 posts
Wednesday , 19 Feb 2020 10:10AM
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Ramona said..
This is the best pick of the wooden boats for sale at the moment.

yachthub.com/list/yachts-for-sale/used/sail-monohulls/sparkman-stephens-37-beautiful-classic-timber-s-s-37/240193


You're not wrong there. Wow what a nice boat

Reef Knot
NSW, 55 posts
Thursday , 20 Feb 2020 12:43PM
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Just watched this;


Isbjorn
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Thursday , 20 Feb 2020 12:55PM
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Reef Knot said..
Just watched this;



I've been a follower of these 2 for some time. They make great videos..

Bear



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