Friday, 17 June 2016

Boat snobbery

I have noticed recently that on the forums and Facebook, there is an unsavoury element of “boat snobbery” creeping in at times!
We all know that wood is good, traditional and warm but carries constant maintenance costs with it and some owners of wooden boats have been stung by boatyards when having repairs carried out. Not everyone has the financial means to be involved in the sometimes large charges involved in maintaining a wooden boat.

A number of wooden boat owners carry out maintenance / repair work themselves and those who have the facilities and capabilities to replace planks and rub down and re-varnish are indeed lucky.

However, for a large number of people who want to get on the water, the only option is a “plastic” boat.  There is no reason why a grp boat cannot be kept clean and well maintained but I don’t agree that they should be sneered at because they are not wooden. 

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