Yesterday on the Jitterbug story, folks were asking about the price of a custom boat, and it reminded me of a couple weeks ago at the Reedville Classic Boat show and a fellow there had a nice model 100 with the original ad laminated in the boat showing a price of $805 bucks. He said the boat was for sale and when I asked about the price he laughed and said, not $805.00 bucks.
He wanted $17,000 for a completely restored, new 5200 by the way. Well of course I got to thinking. With the inflation calculated in from 1941 til now, an $805 boat would cost $13,068.27 give or take some stuff depending on options. Add a trailer and stuff, So the price is about the same as if I walked into a Chris Craft dealer and asked for a new Model 100.
Lets take a 1950 U22, $3,500 back in the day got you a standard middle of the road U22 That in today’s numbers is $35,000. Which may seem high, or low depending on the restoration done.
The point here is not whats your boat worth, but more that the price of a Antique or Classic Boat hasn’t really changed all that much, and considering you can sell it for a bit less or more when your done with it, makes Classic Boating, the best value in the boating universe! So take advantage of the end of summer deals out there now. If you want to have some fun with your boat there is an inflation calculator RIGHT HERE. If you are lucky enough to know what your boat sold for new, type it in, and then calculate. Fun stuff. By the way a gallon of gas in 1950 was around 30 cents, today that’s $2.98 I just paid $1.89 on the way home here in Virginia. So quit your gas bitchn, your paying less for stuff today that your parents did 65 years ago!