One of the essential qualities that makes wooden boats so appealing is the "belts and braces" engineering that has gone into them. From a time that pre-dates modern glues, designers and builders relied on expert craftsmanship and appropriate woods to weave togeither strong and seaworthy vessels. It is this sense of craft, which is at the heart of a good wooden boat and which is important to understand and replicate. As the years go by, one inappropriate repair can be added to the next and soon the original quality and texture of the boat can be lost. So it is essential that these lovely old boats which are becoming historical artifacts be preserved in appropriate and sensitive ways.