So you be asking Woody Boater – “Hey Woody Boater, what in the heck is a Woody Derelict?” Well, here is the concept. Over the last few years, Derelict styled cars have become one of the fastest growing segments of the hot rod fashion movement.
So why should that same trend not take place in our culture? Yes, yes, wood isn’t metal – But think of this. You find a cool old original boat with tons of patina, serious patina – like this one currently listed for sale on Craigslist. An early post-war 1948 Chris-Craft U22 near Alex Bay, NY.
OK, you buy it for whatever – $3-$5K whatever, does it really make a difference? No… Anyway, you can see it’s a one-owner boat, that’s been kept up and properly maintained like any one-owner boat. It ain’t art, its a boat. Anyway, all you do to this thing is stick a new 5200 bottom on it, and varnish over the old varnish.
Re wire it for safety purposes, upgrade all the mechanical things, but leave it appearing original – with the loads of patina. It’s a way into a cool boat, thats usable, beatable, fun and safe. And it retains the 70 years of history. Each bing-bang-boom is still there.
Does the world need another perfect U22? Don’t answer that… But the world could use a cool Patina Queen – and here is the coolest part, you wont be financially upside down in it, and when you want to redo it, you always can.
So click here and enjoy the dreaming. I did speak with the owner yesterday, who was VERY nice and honest. It needs a new bottom for beyond sure. Engine has very, very low hours on it, Last in the water 4 years ago. One family has owned this boat it’s entire life. So it for sure has some good Karma in the wood…
The more I write this dang story, I find myself being talked into this. Oh to have every boat. Without a doubt – a FUN project for someone!
The classic car guys are doing the “Derelict” car designs, and the popularity of them is growing around the country. So why can’t the classic boat guys give this a shot?
You don’t have to take your shoes off to climb on board, and you can take a bag of Cheetos on board (and even drop a few) – “Fugeddaboutit!” (“forget about it”) – It’s just a Derelict boat from New York!
Let us know what you think. We are waiting…
Matt & Texx