You have the itch, damm the looming recession, Your gonna go boating. Well, welcome to the club, you are not alone. And considering all the gloom and doom that is spewing out on the airwaves. You need to get away from it all anyway, right? But is buying a brand new boat the way to go? Stop for a second Mr burning hole in the pockets man. Think Antique Boat. Yes beyond the used / pre owned nonsense. Past classic, vintage, all the way to Antique. The ACBS classifies boats in multiple categories. Antique is pre war….WWII, that war, not the latest one… Pre war boats are the most solid value boats out there. Look at the numbers for a second. Buy a .. lets say brand spank’n new Sea Ray, in the 20 foot range. Get all the bells and whistles. You are in it for 85K. And in several years you have a brand new used pre owned Sea Ray worth 55K. That’s 30K gone. Now, look at a 20 foot Antique Boat. Drop 85K on a Chris Craft Barrel Back, Gar Wood, or Hacker. In several years it’s still worth 85K, maybe even more. That’s just the purchase end of this argument. Take the cool factor in to consideration and it’s a slam dunk. They don’t even compare. The Varnished wood will always out shine new plastic.
So, you say, speaking of varnish, Woody Boater has left out the biggest thing of all, maintenance. Ohhhh, not so fast. First, fiberglass needs polishing, and correct up keep just like varnish, it gets smashed, scratched, sun damaged just like varnished wood, and is just as big of a pain to fix, maybe even more. As to parts. There are countless more fancy parts to go wrong. Thrusters, computers, switches, circuits. You name it, it can go wrong on your new fancy boat. Now consider maintenance on a woody boat. If you take proper care, keep it covered and clean, you can go years with out a varnish refresh. And that’s not such a big deal anyway, and you can do it in your garage. In fact you can do almost everything in your garage. There are no fancy parts to go wrong. Just points and plugs. OK carburetors are a pain. But.. In the end it all works out about the same. And you have a cool boat that looks as cool in your garage as it does in the water.
You defiantly get more fun from the antique boat through out the year. That’s not all, consider the fact that there is a huge community of like minded folks out there in the antique boating world, shows, gathering. And you have instant pals. Your antique & classic boat actually delivers on the big reason you wanted a boat in the first place. And when it comes time for you to sell your pride ad joy, you won’t be cursing that big plastic thing sitting in the driveway. You will be cursing that decaying trailer of fire wood sitting in the driveway. but at least you’ll get most of your money back… So you can buy another one….