For most of the planet, one new plastic boat is just enough, same with folks in the world of classic boats. Boats can be thought of as a bottomless pit to pour cash into. But for a very few, my self included, some sort of genetic defect takes over and finds the need to own as many as possible. Thats right, we like to “collect” boats. Like others collect snow globes, we collect.. not just boats, but wood classic boats. For me, the only real thing holding me back is funding. As in I can’t afford a divorce. For some though it’s an addiction. Or is it? I don’t feel addicted to any classic boat, but I do enjoy many aspects of each boat I own. I see them as art, and each one of them is used for a different reason. But when is it a good idea to thin out the heard? Or god forbid, stop? Or turn it into a business?
One fellow long time Woody Boater is always on the hunt. He has used every excuse in the book to justify a different boat. One, two, three, of them for the kids, one for social occasions, one, OK two 25 sportsmans. that’s right,, one is show, one is go? Makes sense to me, sign me up. Another nameless pal, has over 100 of them, of course he has turned his obsession into a successful business. Another long time woody boater has justified it, by opening up a museum of sort. Now some of you may say, oh this is a rich mans game. WRONG! I know some folks that are not listed in the Forbs 5 million. Just regular guys that own many fun boats. Whirlwinds, Yellow jackets etc. It’s perfectly possible to go boating all day long under 5K by the way. If you own 20 or so boats, its not like you are wearing them out? So maintenance is not all that bad…ish….
I have a theory; I have a bit of a learning disability, I don’t read well. I do not have the ability to read and follow stuff I read. Words float around and I cant concentrate. But if I touch it, take it apart and live with it, I understand it better than anything one can find in a book. I can feel it. I understand how and why it was made. My theory is that folks like me, need to own a boat to truly understand them. And then, we are done with them. I am personalty someone that after that, I don’t need it so I sell a boat. Some on the other hand can’t part with things. Hence massive collections, but that’s just me. Today, we invite you to confess your addictions. After all, the first step to currying your addiction is admitting you have one. Wait, what if you don’t want to cure it?