RGM, hit it right on the head about the lifespan of a working vessel.
Never meant to be everlasting just built well enough to do the job and then be burned on the beach bye the shipbreakers to recover the metal work.
Once they start going downhill ie: Wawona, Thayer, Wapama it is really a race against time and most times we loose. RGM was fortunate to have some owners willing to spend the money and commit the vessel to a lenghty re-build. The San Diego Maritime Museum just re-launched the Pilot boat originally built at the turn of the century.
That was a 3 year project and $300.000 USD cash plus uncounted man hours of volunteer labour and material donations including my little bit.
Rehabs or rebuilds or restorations are very labour intensive and huge gobblers of money. And that is the other factor good competent shipwrights are not long on the ground either.
Nice job Roger!
"Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish"