I recently told a friend about a really nice, new wooden boat I had just fished that was built by Mac Pettegrow in Maine. My friend asked, "Why in heaven's name would anyone want a wooden boat today when they could build one with fiberglass and advanced composites?" The answer is that wood, when combined with modern resins and strip-plank construction techniques, affords an extraordinarily strong, lightweight hull. Just ask Rybovich, which still builds all its boats using this technique.
Pettegrow's newest hull is a 68-foot enclosed-bridge convertible named Boomer. Its cold-molded hull consists of a white cedar base layer and African mahogany diagonal stripping. Dry weight ends up an impressive 90,000 pounds.
Boomer's lines blend futuristic with traditional better than most such combinations. You'll find plenty of radius turns as well as quite a bit of camber and tumble home in the transom, the latter of which makes backing down very smooth and fast.