What nerve. Here I am trying to sell my beloved fully restored show quality 1941 19 ft.Barrel Back, trying to make it seem so rare, and dang! Here comes another one on eBay.. click here. A nice one to boot…..Double Dang! But wait… It needs a complete restoration, thank god. If you look closer you will find the boat is for sale from Absolute Classics Marine in Canada. And they have a $49,000 price on it. I suppose that is Canadian dollars. So you need to do that conversion. This boat is a 1940, so it has the very cool windshield and different bow. I have found that Chris Craft Barrel Back lovers fall into two camps. 1938-40 and 1941-42.. The looks are different. Both breath taking. One more deco than the other, and one more stream lined. So with that said. Since they had the nerve to wonder into my sales week. I will now use it to sell mine… Seems fare! Lets say you get a steal on that 1940 Barrel. You get it for 30K… Merican Dollars that is.. The good green kind. Nothing with a Queen on them in tooty frooty colors…. OK looks like it will need an engine, 6K. – Bottom 35K and that is cheap… While your in there. you will find frames and other rotten stuff. 10K – These numbers will be debated for sure, but the truth here… I just went through this. Looks like you will want to install a correct leather interior. 8K. – Gages 2K – Varnish strip and stripe 6K,- OK now you are close. But things will still need to be done. lets say 5K… Lets add that up OK…. 110,000…. Thats the real number. Now, if you want to do a ton of work yourself, it’s a good deal. Note. I spent over 1000 hrs alone on mine. Look around, 3 year and 4 year restorations are all to common. With one click… ONE CLICK HERE you can skip all that hell ( OK it’s kinda fun… Egh… It’s a ton of fun… But may not be for you )….and start winning shows while saving $25,000…. That’s a another boats worth for gods sake.
UPDATE. BIDDING STOPPED AT $17,000 That seems tragically about right considering the times. Egh, what a great boat, and good folks to buy it from.
WAKE UP MERICA! There’s deals out there that you will kick your self one day for not buying.