National Geographic isn’t the only one to find a new species today! Here at Woody Boater we have named a new category of classic boats out there. Discovered in places like Toledo, New Hampshire and Florida. We have named them “Prerestoric Boats” The next evolution of bad spelling is inventing terms by the way. So, what is a Prerestoric boat you ask? Glad you asked. They are wonderful boats that have lasted enough time so that they are usable, and ripe for restoration, but the owners have had the courage to keep them going at that plump and juicy stage.
There is something dramatic and romantic about these style boats. They retain the patina of there long history. As I am now quoted on CBS, “You can feel the DNA of there lives” when they are in this condition. And that condition should be celebrated, not erased if possible. They can only be in this condition once. Like “That Girl” and Donald Holinger never getting married, or many other shows, the drama is in the tension of the possibility.
That is “Prerestoic Boat” condition. By the way, you know you have one when folks continually come up to you and ask when are you going to restore that thing. One of the coolest ones around is A wongerful 1927 Dart owned and not restored by the Ramsey Bros in Toledo.
Here is a cool video of the Ramsey Bros and there very cool Prerestoric Dart under way. We have a more complete story on the Dart in the works.
Look around at what the under 40 crowd is doing for the future of classic boating. Look at the cars and Motorcycles they are getting involved with. It’s mostly patina queens and stuff that is frozen in its rough stage. With satin clear over the patina to preserve the time it took to create that look. Anyone can restore a boat or car, but one in Prerestoric condition can only be found, preserved and courageously continued. MIND YOU, we are not talking about preserved condition here. That’s still voted at shows as a restored ish boat. We are talking about something with a bunch of imperfections, and celebrates them. Something that when you look at wonder if it floats.
Safety first. Now, we are not dumb here. We realize we are talking about a boat. Something that floats. So its OK that it has a new bottom, engine and things that make her safe. We are talking about a look here. Let the dent in the wood stay. The tear in the original upholstery be fixed, not replaced if possible.
A fantastic affordable way to enjoy your first classic boat. This can be an inexpensive a fun way into the culture. Or, cost a ton more. Depending on how you approach it. There are cool barn finds out there that maybe just need a new bottom, but that’s all. Run it. Keep in rough. Throw a bigger engine in it and have fun. You can always restore it! Because it’s Prerestoic!