First, yes I said investment. When I got into the classic boat thing, I asked around and was told that a Pre War boat was a better investment. Now at that time, it was possible to buy a $30K boat and a year later sell it for $40K. That’s not really the case anymore, unless you buy very well. Thats the one time you make money on a boat deal by the way. When you buy it. Now, maybe it’s just me, but lately the Post war boats seem to be out pacing the pre wars. That’s a shift. Why? Well, there are some theories.
One big one is that the generation that’s buying and restoring boats today are more Post War age, rather than Pre War. I will say though, that a Pre War boat has a hand made feel, and is in a way more elegant or simple in a very basic Model A way. But restoring one can be a bit more labor intense. But its a model by model thing.
I know that restoring our 1941 Barrel Back had some interesting things to deal with. Flat head screws can present a bit of a speed challenge. Huge covering boards that waste a bunch of wood, can cost. But the hand made design feel is magic, where as the Post War stuff can be smoother and there is nothing like a Reed & Prince Screw when you’ve done 3000 flat head screws.
There is also a Post, Post war series of boats. I see these as the Woody boats that are from around 1955-1967. These have a different style for sure. Back to a sharper style, and more of a mass produced feel.
The difference between a 1953 Chris Craft Sportsman is light years from a 1957. Style, ride, and feel. I also see that folks fall into each one of these three categories. Which one are you? And by the way, its OK to love them all.
So today share your favorite war boat! And Thanks to all our Veterans of all the wars.