|Photo Courtesy of Kyle Tait|
First, I am an idiot.. I am clueless as to how these things play out, and am the least qualified person on earth to spew an opinion.. So I may only say this once.. Just like the show He Haw, I don’t go around spreading rumors.. So listen good the first time! I was being interviewed by Wooden Boat magazine on what I thought of the auction.. Me.. The dumb ass in the Ralph Kramden Hat.. Don’t know who Ralph Kramden is? You are not alone.. If you read Woody Boater, chances are if you do its from reruns of reruns.. Anyway, I was asked, so I spewed.. you would have done the same.. One opinion.. not mine by the way is that the prices for the big boats were lower than expected and not a good sign for restorers.. That’s one opinion.. I don’t agree with it, but I did hear that a lot.. So.. I invite you to consider this.. One. The prices on the old restored masterpieces were about where we all thought they would be.. Yes.. Golden Times went for a song.. The Dingle went for a nice strong price, and Sugar lady was close to the mark..BUT.. and there is always a BUT isn’t there.. The prices of Post war fixer uppers were way high. The restored post war boats went high.. Being scooped up by youngins.. In this hobby by the way… thats 45-55 years old.. The older fixer uppers, not so strong.. Could we have just seen the shift from the money bet now being made on Post War boats! These boats are already on the road to the restorers.. Yes.. is that bad for restorers? Not this weekend.. Boats are being shipped all over the planet.. Canada, Portland, New Zealand, New Jersey.. Not sure what exit! And a bunch down the street thanks to Mitch and Kathy Lapointe who was scooping up some pre war deals.. Lets be honest.. These boats are a 100% emotional purchase… There is not one rational reason for owning a classic boat. There are a ton of them to not buy one by the way, just ask my wife.. This event was a game changer in many ways.. One, it was the biggest thing to happen in the classic boat hobby, there was no show, or trophies.. No rubber chicken dinner.. And not near the water in a fancy place.. And yet.. A smash hit.. Yes everyone was here for a deal. But for the most part, it was a social gathering and a ton of fun.. The Country Inn in Buffalo was a party in the lobby til midnight flop house.. What a great group of folks that run that place.. They supplied the goodies and made us all feel welcome.. This was a show with a theme of a sale.. It was commerce pure and simple.. And folks loved it..
|Paul and Karen Harrison picked up my favorite boat of the show.. Here she is being hauled off to Lake Oswego Boat Company, by Mike Mayer.. This hard top has stunning lines..|
Another shift.. Looking around, this crowd was young.. If you think of pre war boats like a model A and a post war boat like a Camaro.. It all starts making sense.. I.. a 52 year old.. Have very little emotional attachment to a pre war triple.. I love them, but did not ever dream of having one.. My memories and dreams are about the boats I saw as a kid.. And Barrel Backs.. but thats a different story.. Were the numbers as big as the pre wars? No.. but they are getting up there.. And that makes me feel more comfortable about buying one.. and yes, restoring one.. Wow, there it was again.. The shift.. Please speak up.. This is your forum as well. It’s Ok, you don’t have to know how to spell…