Sonoma - what a great goal to shoot for in skill mastery.
I was in Lake Tahoe a couple of years back after they had just finished "Wooden Boat Week". They had a Chris Craft that was out of the water and was in the process of being lovingly wiped down and prepared for winter storage.
There are dozens of restored Chris Craft boats on the lake at that time, but this one was the show stopper. They told me it is owned by the Lake Tahoe Yacht club, and it is used every year for the Grand Marshal to ride in for every event that requires a marshal.
The boat was varnished mahogany, and the finish looked like poured glass. Every thing about that boat was no less than beautiful. The appointments (and their condition!), the actual wood, the joinery (fit and finish - incredible), and the overall condition of the boat was breathtaking.
They told me it had been about 4+ years or so in professional restoration, and that it had its own warehouse where they hang it up out of the water during storage. I saw it when it was out of the water but not hung up, so I was able to see everything. Sadly, in its display area, I was not allowed closer than 24" to the boat, and no touching.
They told me that was actually a good deal for me as the boat was off limits to just about everyone as that was their flagship.
It was a *real* treat to see that kind of craftsmanship. As Lew noted, there are a lot of wooden boats out there, but this one was the stuff.