While working on Lil’ Suzy. We came to appreciate the painted Classic boats. As beautiful as Varnish is. For a change it’s cool to apply paint. And I mean not just a coat of white paint. Try something fun, like a Shark mouth. Or orange paint. Wow, what a fun color choice for the time and it looks fantastic. For something even more radical. These two Barrel Backs show the contrast. Both are as done this way at the factory. One for racing, one for bragging. You can see how varnish became a thing of the past. All the boats looked the same. Not to mention a pain to work with. Paint was a cheap way to differentiate them, and held up longer. Later in the 1960’s many hulls were pretty much the same, only the hardware and color was different. For your Antique or classic woody though. Paint is a fun option. But only if your boat came that way. There are many that came painted, Chris Craft Rockets, Expresses, Barrel backs, Racers. Gar wood has some painted boats, As did Century, with some very cool stain options. We will always be on the look out for more. Please send photo’s if you have a great painted woody boat.