The one thing that most of us in the hobby have in common, is that we all have a story about how we first became involved in the antique & classic boat hobby, and the reason why we were first attracted to the hobby.
Some of us grew up with wooden boats, some with the early fiberglass revolution, some just wanted to have something unique and different. Some of us started out in the hobby by taking on a restoration project, some started out with an original wooden boat, which eventually required some level of restoration (or preservation) work. Some of us have purchased wooden boats that we were told were in good “water ready” condition, only to learn later that they had serious problems.
And most of us have experienced that “steep learning curve” which, after we go through it, we consider to simply be part of the hobby – as we quietly say to ourselves “There has to be an easier way to get out and experience the joy of classic boating.”
While some people enjoy the challenges associated with finding, negotiating, buying, and restoring a classic boat, some people would rather avoid those challenges and go straight to the “enjoyment” portion of the exercise. That’s where Dave Bortner and Freedom Boat Service comes in, they can do all that for you with their Freedom Guide Service. Here’s Dave to explain. – Texx
Dave explains – “I have found that people who come to us to buy a classic boat appreciate our philosophy: Provide straight-up, detailed information about any given boat, information that results from personal inspection.”
“Our “hobby” is expensive, either in time or money, depending on which you possess in greater quantity. While we certainly don’t turn customers away, we find most of our customers fall into the latter category. Generally, they don’t want to take the time to go through the learning curve themselves; they want someone who is trustworthy to provide them a “point of view” on any given boat.”
“While we do that as a matter of course with boats we have listed and are actively selling, we don’t have “one of everything”. We have found that customers come to us to help them buy specific boats they want, regardless of whether we have one listed.”
“We’ve inspected lots of boats for our customers, sometimes before they’ve bought, sometimes after. It’s easy to get caught up in the emotion of finding that special boat you really want, and it’s easy to overlook flaws, or look past them, in the excitement of the chase.”
“We think it’s important to have someone “on your side” to help with logical, thorough assessment of any boat for potential purchase, including structural and mechanical condition, looking at both current and future needs. Freedom takes the uncertainty and stress out of purchasing fine antique and classic boats.”
“That’s the concept behind Freedom Guide Service.”
Dave Bortner, Freedom Boat Service.
Freedom Guide Service includes:
* Locating the right boat in N. America or Europe.
* Inspecting the boat to assess true value and help avoid negative surprises later.
* Negotiating – based on deep experience and firsthand knowledge of the wood boat market.
* Logistics – including transportation, outfitting, insurance and dockage considerations.
If you’re interested in purchasing a collectable boat, consider having Freedom on your team.
Freedom Boat Service also provides an array of services for your classic boat, including various levels of restoration & repair, engine and mechanical service, as well as seasonal maintenance and storage services at their facilities in Minnesota. For more information, check out the great Freedom Boat Service website Here.