I think with all the continued debate over the best way to construct a wooden boat and seal its below water line surfaces – we should all agree to disperse of any use of those new fangled chemicals and magic potions and go back to using a material that will make our precious floating fortunes even more special, like animal fat from only endangered mammals!
Lets see, the current rarest endangered species list consists of:
- Baiji (Yangtze River Dolphin) 10 – 20 remaining
- Vancouver Island Marmot - ...29 remaining
- Seychelles Sheath-tailed Bat - ...50 - 100 remaining
- Javan Rhino - ...about 60 remaining
- Hispid Hare (Assam Rabbit) - ...110 remaining
- Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat - ...113 remaining
- Tamaraw (Dwarf Water Buffalo) – 200 remaining
- Iberian Lynx - ...135 remaining
- Red Wolf - ...less than 150 remaining
- Dwarf Blue Sheep - ...approximately 200 remaining
Now the most endangered should probably be reserved for the wealthiest boat owners (as usual) but I think I would try some of that Hairy-Nosed Wombat! It just sounds fun to use!
Of course I am only kidding and I apologize for offending anyone’s sensitivities - sealant materials are a serious subject!
What I do think would be a rational idea is for the experienced boat restorers (amateur and professional) among us, that do have real honest to goodness past experience and lessons learned, to start some type of “Lessons Learned” section on this forum that would detail what methods (construction and repair) and materials they used and the conditions (raising to fishing) and environments (Seattle coast to Arizona lake) they were used under and the resulting outcome (failure in one day or success after 50 years). That way the facts and only the facts could be shifted through and the less experienced among us could pick a solution that was better suited for their application and not have to wade through the “opinions” that seem to float to the top of these discussions.
There is nothing better at suppressing the truth than heated opinions, hurled at anyone with a dissenting view point. I know when I need to fix my vessel, the first thing I search for are uninformed opinions!
Just a thought crew.