Originally Posted by Nausikaa
I am not often right, according to my ex., so I may be wrong again but I have a problem with sheathing wooden boats.
Wood is a natural material which breathes. It allows moisture to pass through it. Also, when a hull dries the seams open thus, when sheathing a hull one is effectively putting a moisture barrier in place stopping water entering the boat through seams or being absorbed by the wood. In a way, this is what we want. It stops sea water entering the vessel but it must also be a surface for moisture to condense upon on the inside. I wonder therefore, do sheathed wooden boats not suffer from rot due to this?
I have no experience of sheathed craft, except for sheathing at and below the waterline to prevent ice damage, so I will be grateful for information on this.
Aye // Stephen
That one really goes off topic, here, Stephen. There's a forum where people argue about this all the time--go to www.woodenboatvb.com
, register, and do a search about hull sheathing, etc. They're full of opinions about it there.