As usual at about 11 pm Alex Watson sends out an email bomb that I wake up to at 4 AM to see 14 emails form the bored of directors. Clearly Alex is bored up in the never ending winter of Michigan. Then Texx jumps in, Paul, Mike. Last nights provoked a thought in me. One, I need to turn of my email, the other was from this very cool link on ebay. A killer 1928 Chris-Craft Cadet Triple that needs to be completed.
At first I thought. Oh man that guy has a tough sale. Like selling half burned fire wood. No one wants a project this deep into it. Selling half way through a job is never easy. But then I recalled seeing a beautiful 19K Barrel Back when I was in the throws of restoring mine. It was almost done but needed completion. $40K.. At this point I was into mine for over $90K and about at the same spot. I saw the value of what had already been done. I felt the value of what had been done. Just tearing down a boat has value. It’s all emotion, you want to buy the boat in one shape, you want to feel the dream. But the reality is, all you need is the pattern and serial number. Buying a boat in this shape make logical sense. The seller of this Cadet has felt that pain as well, and has done the worst and most brutal part of the job.He is already handing you 8K of his time. Sure it still needs sides and, well… everything else. But if you are into projects, not a bad way to start.