The beauty, warmth, and pure romance of wood as a boat building material is a virtue. Compared with plastic or metal. There is just no synthetic material that can be made to look or feel like wood. Even in this modern age of mass production, each wooden boat is as individual as her owner. Wood also has strength. In-fact the weight to strength ratio of wood is better than most other materials being used in boat construction. Because of this, wooden boats are harder to damage, and also more easily repaired. Especially without the need for complicated equipment. Hazardous chemicals, or extensive labour. With the development of new adhesives to make the joints watertight. Advances in varnishes and paints, the required maintenance on wooden vessels has been minimized even further.
Maintenance of Wood
But, even with these new innovations, there is no such thing as a maintenance-free boat and you will find that virtually the same things you do in a wooden boat are necessary in any type of boat. This mainly includes things like varnishing and polishing etc. While this can be hard work, and we do have a lot of varnished surfaces on our yacht, the beauty of a varnished Mahogany surface definitely outweighs the extra maintenance. After varnishing for so many hours on-board “Glaros,” my wife and I now find that when we go in a bar or restaurant for instance, we are running our hands over any wooden surfaces and criticizing the wooden finish.
Glaros means seagull, in Greek, so if you didn’t know any Greek, you do now. I have owned “Glaros” for about 15 years, and in that time I have rebuilt, maintained, and run her as a charter boat. It has been a massive undertaking and a lot of hard work. I thought the project would take about 1 year. My friends kept asking, how much longer, and I kept saying, about another year, each year. I have heard that only 15% of people who build their own boats, actually finish them. I can quite believe that now.
During my time working on the boat, I have learned a hell of a lot and some of this blog will be about what I have learned, and continue to learn. Anyone who is just starting a project like this, or is half way through, I would encourage them not to give up. There will be times when you look at what is left to be done, and you will feel that you are not ever going to finish it. Just keep chipping away at the jobs on your list, bit by bit, and you will get there eventually. To be honest I still have a list of jobs and I keep adding to it with improvements. But it is nowhere near as big as when I started. I now have a beautiful boat which I can be proud of.
Classic Motor Sailing Yacht
Recently, Glaros has been refurbished with a gleaming wood interior, and spacious, comfortable accommodation. She is a classic motor sailing yacht, you could say a dying breed, because they are just not making them like this anymore. All timbers used during the extensive refit have come from those countries where the timber is in abundant supply and none from those countries throughout the world where deforestation occurs, so at least we are doing our bit to alleviate global warming.
Enjoy all our hard work and join us on-board Glaros for a holiday to remember. I would be happy to answer any questions or comments you may have.
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