We are getting in reports from the New York Boat show talking about how expensive new boats are today. Personally I have noticed some sticker shock when looking around as well, and it’s seems rather easy to drop $100K on a simple boat these days. $100K!!!! Even a simple 25 foot single outboard boat can be in the $50K area. A new 2016 Chris Craft 25 footer is around $180K. By the way, that’s a lot of money. ALOT! But look around at various sites with Classic Boats. Some are around $30K and up, and a world class show stopper when you reach over $150K And if you are “I want a New” person, an insane cool over the top Hacker Craft will get you up there, but worth it, if you are in the market for a $250K something plastic. There is NO comparison.
But really now we are talking everyday fun boats to use here. U22’s are in the $40K range and absolute bullet proof fun family tanks.
But really think about it. Many, if not most of the Woody Boats out there are way under the $100K mark. And we are talking about stunning ready to run and show boats…with warrenties. And, here is the deal, the maintenance on a nicely restored boat is not all that much. Sure ya gotta refresh the varnish. But with no soak bottoms and new technology in Varnish, the Woody boats of today are far more durable than they were. Not to mention a fantastic community you are plugged into right away.
We own a small 17 ft Plastic boat. Its great, but it needs service and polishing, and all the stuff still needs servicing. Our trusty WECATCHEM starts and runs like a champ, and I enjoy working on her in the boat house. And out on the water she looks better than any fancy white million dollar plastic tub. And when I am ready to sell both my boats. One will stay at what i paid for her, and the other just goes down in value no matter how many times I polish her. So if you’re in the market for a boat this spring, take a look at a classic boat. You will be pleasantly surprised when you buy her, own her and sell her for another one. Tomorrow, tips on buying a classic boat!