I’ve found that when it comes to my two boys, getting them interested in anything that I am interested in is a dead end. Boat shows, Chapter meetings…none of it. Imagine? HA. But, have a fun speed boat around on a hot day, and there is a connection. Forget the jet skis. And the aluminum John Boat, you need something cool. Maybe even a kit boat. OK it might seem a tad over whelming. It’s the time building it that’s the magic, not the boat. One great resource is James Craft Kit Boats. Jim Shotwell started this company years ago, and is very big in promoting the hobby to kids. Another fun thing is to find a small restorable boat, like a whirlwind with a cold molded bottom. Something that just needs some varnish and time…. The interesting thing is that to kids, there is nothing classic about it. It’s just a cool boat and the open water. But what they wont realize is that while you were building the boat, they were learning about the value of the craft. I have seen this with myself and my kids. They take care of the boat when they had something to do with it. It will fade while they get older. But, when they start dreaming of owning there own boat in there later years. the memory that you helped them with will be there guiding light.

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5 Responses to “Your Kids And Classic Boats.”
  1. Anonymous

    Great site! Let’s make classic boating the best it can be! Please start by correcting your spelling!

  2. WoodyBoater

    HA! Anonymous.. I try, I spell check, I ask… And yet it all zips by… Something about learning to write in three different languages. It all gets mixed up in my head.

  3. Chris

    Jim does a great job and has put in tons of his personal time and $$$$ into promoting our hobby to the next generation.

  4. Anonymous

    I don’t kare how you spell it, just ceep up the great comments, links and fotoes. We’ll figger it out. It’s always an enjoyable break for otherwise boring winter daze!