I guess if I were a guide I might look at it a little differently. Like the boat is only a tool. And as such I sure as hell wouldn't want to have to worry about anything other than wheel bearings and tires.
But I am not a guide. I just like what I like, kind of like some guys prefer blondes.
Wood boats are the blondes of the boat world. They will get looks, even in the parking lot. But beyond that, wood floats naturally. A wood boat will float higher and get through shallower water. And unlike aluminum, wood is quiet. It is also lightweight, agile and responsive. The wood that boat is made from was once a living thing. It has been hand crafted into the boat it now is with a lot of TLC. It has been reincarnated. It has a soul!