Hi All and Happy Holidays
We recently looked at purchasing a wooden boat (cold molded triple diagonal nz kauri), which sad to say did not work out (too expensive to repair). One troubling thing that happened in the survey occured during a lunch break- the surveyor set his coffee cup on the deck next to the toerail and inadvertently knocked it over.. he of course expected to see the coffee drain down the scupper about 10 cm astern, but instead it just disappeared - soaked straight down through the deck timber!!! Yikes!
A further look revealed that the deck ply (under a nice, recently re-laid teak deck) was saturated. There was also swelling of the topsides planking, the edges of whic were obvious to see once up on the hard...
Anyway, as I sit here in post-Christmas contemplation of the year about to pass I got to thinking about lessons learned for the next (sigh) survey, whenever that happens. One of the things we noted during the survey was an odd greenish fuzz on the timbers just below the stern gland - an indication of wood rot? If I see that again in a wooden boat should I run away before going to an expesnive survey?
One thing I definitely took away from that survey is to not worry about spilling my coffee from now on