The other day, I published a cool link to a very cool time capsule Chris-Craft Lancer for sale on ebay. As usual, we did get a couple comments regarding featuring fiberglass boats on a website called Woody Boater. And to be fair, we do enjoy the debate between wood and fiberglass. But someone made a great observation that all this “fun” may be one sided. It made Texx and I take pause. Are we being rude, not respectful or inclusive? Are we?
Maybe it’s because we know that Fiberglass makes sense and clearly a better material for a boat. There I said it. Sure I love the workability and ride of wood, and without question the visual appeal is superior. But are we defensive about it?
Maybe it’s because we as wood boat lovers are feeling the pressure of time. The inevitable growth of Fiberglass as a classic boat now. We have seen emails and letters behind the scenes that are not happy about the inclusion of Fiberglass as part of the ACBS.
Is there an undertone of “if we don’t include fiberglass we will die away” or is it an honest observation that many of these boats are cool as hell. Donzi’s, Lancers, XK’s and the list expands. Carlsons, Correct Crafts, Glastrons… they are cool, regardless of the material they are made of. So today we ask. Are we scared? Or are we blending all fiberglass boats together. After all there are plenty of boring wood boats? Many of our sponsors are seeing more and more fiberglass boats and its good business. The results are fantastic by the way. We are all in this together – as classic boaters… the material the boats are made from are part of the fun and diversity.
Now, as we said we do enjoy the banter, and I would hope the Fiberglass folks would take shots. Maybe they do. OR maybe they don’t out of respect for age? OUCH!