Of Wooden Boats and Worms
A sail plan that inspires is more important than cabin headroom (let alone, a head room). Lines trump lounging space. And to lay out on a berth within the planked carcass of a well-built wooden boat is to understand that most everything surrounding you had another life, and has been assembled into a complex and dynamic construct that feels living, even if good sense says otherwise.
What I've learned in the weeks that I've had Ripple to look after:
- The aggregate systems that comprise an auxiliary sailboat are complicated, and largely (not wholly) independent of hull material.
- Having a boat that engages you and requires more attention is far better than one that is less demanding.
- Wood is wonderful. The trade-offs are worthy of consideration, but nothing to fear.
- Wood is a technology, just as is fiberglass. Today I encountered a wonderful object lesson in the blog of John Alm, the Unlikely Boatbuilder, who speaks about ship worms, and why not to panic. Nice job, John.