The other day I was conversat’n with a chum and got to talk’n about our passion for classic boats. As an artist I of course see my boat as art. My pal an engineer, see’s it as a boat. But are we both right? Yes. In my book, and I am the one writing here, so I say yes.. Here is my theses on the subject. First, I hope I spelled Theses right.. Second, classic boats are art in a way that’s different from a painting on a wall. Are they art in a barn or on a wall. No. They only become art when the engine is running and in the water running. Then its a complete form of art as intended by the artist that made them. Oh sure, they were stamped or banged out by the thousands. but the first ones, the idea, the inspiration is part of the art.
There are many boats that look completely different in the water running. Take many of the Gull Wing Chris Crafts. From a functionality standpoint, not much, but to look at, pure art.
The sound of the engine, art, the way the water breaks on the cutwater. Art.. Its a complete painting then.
Like great architecture, the setting and the way the building sits on the land is all part of the art. So, what point am Imaking here? Well, investing in art is always good. When you think of a Woody Boat as art you are buying far far more than a boat. Your investing in art. Art that yet is not commonly known as art. Like buying a Van Gough before anyone realized it was great art. And most of all. Use them, get them out on the water, your boats frame and Gallery.