Boats have been built out of wood for hundreds of years. Myths about what wooden boats are capable of and how to take care of them are very common in the nautical world. Here are 3 of the most commonly heard myths about wooden boats:
- Wooden boats are heavy
With traditional construction a wood boat is typically heavy. Although with the newer construction techniques and the use of the right type of wood a wood boat can actually be lighter than some fiberglass constructed boats. A boat that is constructed using the cold molded technique is going to be the lightest of all wooden boats. This is the construction technique that Van Dam Custom Boats typically uses on all new builds.
- Wooden boats have to stay in the water
Again, this is not true with the cold molded construction technique. Traditionally constructed wooden boats have to “swell up”, which means that the planking has to take on and hold sufficient moisture and swell to close up seams tightly enough to remain watertight. This is why old wooden boats were said to have to stay in the water.
With a cold molded constructed boat, the planking does not move, it is joined together and sealed with epoxy. This allows the boat to live on the trailer during off-season, just the same way as any other boat.
- Wooden boats can’t be fast boats
Traditionally wooden boats were not built for speed, yes, but with modern construction it is possible to build a speedboat out of wood. There is a particular romance of a wooden boat, but many of us have a need for speed as well. Van Dam Custom Boats built a speedboat, Alpha Z, that can do up to 100 mph. This just proves that wood boats can go just as fast as any other constructed boat.
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