In yesterdays comments, which by the way were fantastic and a must read for new folks to the culture. A good question was asked by Mike, “Is it in the best interest of the sport/hobby to have boats restored or boat burned?” WOW! Never mind is it in your best interest. But should there be a place that before they get burned they are stored? Or any creative ideas. Donated to boat schools? Anything is better than destroying them? Or are they so far gone, that it makes sense to harvest parts and turn the boat into another being? Honestly I don’t have an answer. Nor is there probably a definite answer. Sure, we romantically all want to save every boat. But we do need parts? And parts don’t come from the factory anymore. That windshield part you just bought, came from someones dream boat at one time? I am sure its a boat by boat case study, and for anyone that is reading this, a painful agonizing choice. But they are complete only once? Let’s add a twist to the question.
Lets say several years ago you got a U22 with all the right intentions like this one in DC. Missing parts, rotten wood. All of it.. There are several out there right now for $5K, and sitting there for a long time. Now lets add some hypothetical twist to it.. You are paying storage and your wife has kicked you out of the house. Cause you buy grey boats by the way and smell like old fuel all the time.. Do you trash it? or donate it, to save it. Egh? There is a test for ya! You can’t have it or afford it. What do you do, not for you, but for history. Are you the nail in the coffin? Or do you find a home? Do you change your Craigslist listing to Free to a good home? Can your ego handle it? That is the way to save it?