Above is, Glaros on the slipway in the boatyard, Corfu. Wooden Boats don’t like rain. One of the things I have learnt over the years, about wooden boats, is they simply can’t handle it; they are not great with the sun either. When wood gets soaked in fresh water without protection. It is not long… Continue Reading Looking After a Wooden Boat
Wood is one of the finest materials for building boats. However, it does have its drawbacks and one of them is that they take a lot of looking after.
Deep Blue Yachting has the beautiful wooden boat Glaros. Built in 1977 by a well-known boatyard in Perama, near Piraeus. The Chalkitis Brothers, built her using local timbers of pitch Pine. Sadly, a lot of these old boatyards are no longer in business. The reason being, is because boats are now being built using man made materials like fiberglass and metals.
For this reason, boats like Glaros are unique, and it is worth the effort, looking after them. I have owned and looked after Glaros for 15 years now. During this time, I have learnt a lot about wooden boats. They don’t like the rain and they don’t like the sun. Wood moves with the changes in the climate. When the atmosphere is dry, the wood shrinks and cracks appear in the paint work. These cracks need to be filled and re-painted as soon as possible. Because when the rain comes it will seep into the cracks a cause wood rot.
However, the beauty of wooden boats is like no other. There are not so many about now, but they stand out amongst marina full of plastic boats.
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… Continue Reading The Beauty of a Wooden Boat
I started working as a commercial diver offshore, in August 1975. Mainly in the North Sea, but also in various other oil fields around the world. After 15 years of working away from home, with a little bit of pressure from my then wife, I decided to try something else, slightly different. I eventually then… Continue Reading How I Became The Proud Owner Of A Yacht