To continue yesterdays huge story on The Classic Boat Culture being at a Crossroads, we thought we would keep the theme going. This past weekend as you know, we won Best Chris Craft at the show, last year, The Wise boat won a nice best preserved award at the Sunnyland show. Is this a trend? You bet. Our boat that won is by far not the nicest restoration out there, nor would it follow some of the ACBS rules, and to be honest, the Lake Dora rules for awards may involve a little more than the correct finish. Its a fun show/event designed to celebrate the best part of classic boating. FUN!
But, is it possible to win a trophy? We think so. If your boat is true to its self. Like any old man or women. When you embrace your age and history it can be very attractive. And that’s what WECATCHEM, the Ramsey Bros Dodge and Chris Wise family boat have. And the judges, and people all agree.
History and age are to be embraced not replaced unless necessary. They are only original once. And I might add, an affordable way to participate. All three of these boats are almost flawless in there truthness. If something was fixed over time it was done in a continuum and done in an honest way. no boob jobs or Botoxed lips. These boats are critical to the culture since they celebrate use, above all.
Now now, don’t get us wrong here. i drool over an insane Varnish job over a well done boat. I also believe that in some cases all new wood is great. Modern power is great, and there are countless other things done that are cool. I LOVE restoring a boat to as if it was new. LOVE it. But in the these cases we strongly believe there is a place at each show and event for Survivors Prerestoic boats. So drag that old woody Boat out of the barn, don’t even dust it off and lets get that water sucker wet again!