I am new to this forum but not new to wooden boats. My first four boats were wood but they were in fresh water only and only one of them resided IN the water.
It has been many years, and many fiberglass and steel boats since then but I am now looking for another boat and I find that there are no fiberglas and few metal boats that have the lines I want in a boat. I dont know if it was the medium or just the times, but the lines of boats built before 1970 are ALWAYS easier on the eyes.
Trouble is that I live on the gulf coast where the sea water temp in summer reaches 88F and the low temp in winter is seldom below 55F In these warm waters live all sorts of beasties and worms that love the taste of Mahogany.
This still does not disuade me from my quest to have a beautiful boat...IF...it is possible/practical to have such a boat in these waters. The last thing I want to do is import a beautiful classic that someone up north could be enjoying 40 years from now if all I am going to do is shorten its life time just for my own selfish reasons.
The question I want to ask of this forum is, "Is it reasonable to own a wooden motor yacht (looking for something 40' to 60') in the gulf of Mexico? Can I, by careful maintenance, keep her in good condition, or is it inevitable that she will deteriorate and die.
I would love to hear from some owners here on the Texas coast that have dealt with this problem. So far all I hear is "NO" but its all from people who dont own wooden boats. I heard the same "NO" from non owners when I was considering a steel boat. I found that they were wrong...IF YOU WATCH the things that need to be watched.
Also, while I am sure it would be very objectionable in cold waters, is there any profit in laying fiberglass over the submerged portion of a wooden boat kept in warm water?
And finaly, since summer is damned hot and is hurricane season, would there be profit inhauling the boat during the months of June thru October (times when the water is warmest and boating the least desirable) or would the drying of the hull be less desirable than the worms and bugs that would eat fastest in the warm waters.
Thanks for any comments.
Jim Isbell Corpus Christi, TX