If you par-ooze through the classifieds these days you no doubt have stumbled across a classic Cruiser for.. well any price, just haul the thing away. While reading the boat buzz a post made a statement about the prices of cruisers falling and a listing on a very sweet Cruiser for $3,500. on craigslist.. Thanks BrokenRule2 for the post by the way.. Can prices fall any further? Not really, you can’t fall farther than on the ground. Free is a hard number to beat. I suppose there are even cases of folks paying people to take them. BUT! Is it all a Jedi mind trick? Is it just a state of mind? A herd mentality, since we see these boats selling for $3,500 bucks.. are they worth restoring, saving, using.. HAVE YOU ALL LOST YOUR MINDS? Wake up. The answer is YES! Now you might say and I am sure you are Mr sit there with your coffee reading this.. But Matt, you yourself got eaten alive with a Cruiser.. Hold on Mr Sit there with a coffee … I loved Betsy.. And I will get another and another. And in fact Betsy is bringing joy and life to the Lake of Smith Mountain Yoda! The force is strong there.. Lets talk about this rationally.. You pick up a nice cruiser for $2,500 bucks. Like the one here.. Then, lets say you sink $50,000 bucks into her. Lets just say old Ernest Angley is not there to HEAL her! Just you….. You have when you are done.. a 30 foot killer 30 foot classic cruiser that will bring joy not only to you, but anyone that is close to it. And with that kinda money in it, it will be beautiful. You will learn stuff, and truly have the coolest boat on your canal, Lake, River, Marina.. So lets say you want to sell it.. OK, you might get $25K for it in a year. OK, you are $25K in the crapper… NOW.. Hold on here… NOW, you go buy a new plastic boat.. 30 feet .. right.. Lets say a new Chris Craft. Just so we are comparing apples to apples.. That $50K… It’s a deposit.. Cause this new beautiful boat is about $250,000 . OK its bad ass.. Ya ya.. But try and sell it in a year.. A used plastic nice boat… $200,000… if you are lucky, and you will need to sell it through a dealer or take a trade in price.. Two years.. its even more.. until its just another plastic boat on eBay.. And tell me, what are the chances of it ever .. EVER being as cool as that $3,500 cruiser on Craigslist.. NEVER.. and you have written off far more money. Oh, and after the ten years.. That cruiser is still worth the money. If not more, because all of them have been trashed and you have the one! So.. Don’t think about it emotionally.. Think rationally.. It makes good sense to save an old cruiser..