A friend of mine is considering the purchase of a 40 wooden boat in Michigan. Are there any good wooden boat yards in the region he might contact to see if there's some info on the boat? I seem to remember a yard near Milwaukee that did woody work but it's been too long to remember the name. My advice to him was to get a good survey but don't have any idea on how to find a surveyer that would be knowledgeable about wooden boats. Any help? Yes, I told him that it will be more work than he's imagining but he is still considering the purchase.
Has anyone ever heard of a Fair Sailing protest over a paint job? When I bought a 70's J24 a hole in the bow was repaired with white gelcoat (tan hull), after a few years of working on the boat painting the bow finally worked it's way up the list. I covered the repair on the port bow with white paint and painted the starboard with the same white paint. Yes, I copied the line of the bow having seen more than one colored hull painted the same way. Last night a competitor informed me of his intent to file a Fair Sailing protest since the paint was "intended to deceive the RC and gain an advantage" (timing the protest for the end of the year to take me out of contention for winning the fleet). While not a common practise, I've seen boats with this type of paint over the years but did I really violate a basic rule or is this a tempest in a teapot?