I am asked all the time what is Daily News on The World of Classic Boats? Well, we report on the world of classic boats. “Oh you mean like those old Chris Crafts?” I am thinking, yes, and about a gillion other boats.
I was on the phone the other day with Rob Lyons of the Antique Boat Center.. Great guy by the way.. And we were laughing that folks think there was one boat made from 1925 til around 1968. And they all were made by Chris Craft and one style. That’s an insight for all of us. I have now had this mentioned to me from several Producers and Reporters.
The thing is to normal people, they blend our passion into one simple iconic boat. A barrel back or U22 most likely. But here is the thing, I would bet you a pack of frozen Wieners that there is a larger variety of classic boats, than new plastic boats.
The one off manufactures back in the day was endless. And for each and every boat made, there were very few alike. Custom this and that.
Mass production today for economic reasons I suppose makes it all look the same. Sure there are different brands, but really are they all that unique? Maybe I suffer from the same condition as the un enlightened do? They see me as a blend of one, and I see the same of them. Regardless, Our Classic boats are as different as boating could be at any time in history, including now. We got ski boats, they got ski boats, we got Sea sleds, they got Whalers, BTW we got whalers too.
We got inboards and out boards, they got .. well you get the drill.. We even got jet drives, and yes crappy out drives.
Our would is much wider than just Fiberglass or Wood, we are an entire universe of diverse boats as diverse as the population of boats. We are also blessed with the diversity of time.
Many times I am surprised by the simple things on newer boats that make boating safer and fun. Thats evolution, and thats fun to see. To smell and hear a wonderful carbon bigfoot print flat head. Its a unique sound and feel. Maybe I get caught to much in the weeds and such. If your new to the passion, we recommend a boat show to see whats out there, or visiting Antique boat Center which has a ton in stock that you can see the difference. Or Katzs Marina which has over 200 in stock.
Out west, visit Sierra Boat Co.. This years Tahoe Show will have more V 12’s than ever before in one place. How many new boats have V12s? Go.. touch. feel, and introduce yourself to classic boating. we promise, seeing is believing.
If your near Algonac in a couple weeks, heck if your far away, come, touch feel the history. If you cant make that. The huge once in a lifetime event on Gull lake in Minnesota. Dave Bortner from Freedom Boat Service is going all out with many of the big guns up there. So get out there, look around, and enjoy the diversity of classic boating.