Is this an April Fools Joke? The quick answer a big huge capitol letters NO! Think we have lost our minds? Read on! Lets start right out with the purchase price. All we gotta say is shop around for a new plastic boat. Lets say a 22 foot boat. Ya.. They start in the $45K area and go as high as your ego needs to go. For the record, a $45K Classic 22 ft boat is a very sweet if not almost new boat with a new bottom. So lets compare those.
Resale! In three years, your classic boat may actually be worth more, if not around the same if you keep it up. The new boat, even if you wrap it in cellophane and park it in a climate controlled box, Will loose 25% if not more. If you use it, there will be cost of use, about the same as a restored classic boat. Gas about the same, maybe a tad more for a classic boat. So Resale is huge.
Maintenance. The word everyone uses to talk themselves out of classic boats. If its a Woody, then you will have a refresh of varnish every couple years. $2-$5K depending on who does it. You get what you pay for. On a classic plastic, its a yearly buff like a new boat. So thats about the same. Engine service, far less on a classic boat, same with electronics and general service. This is all assuming you treat both the same. You can not leave even a new boat outdoors in the sun either if you want your finish to last.
Ego Boating. This is where a classic boat kills anything close to it in plastic for the same price. You get sooooo much more fun for the buck in a classic boat. Pull up in a $45K 22 foot woody next to a $200K anything , and you own the dock. They will find you dock space. Women actually like your classic boat, especially if its a Woody Boat. No not a pun.. TROY! There is a romance with a woody boat, people understand you follow your heart and have passion and something to say. Even if its about Reed and Prince screws. At least you are alive and live life with style. A 45K plastic boat is most likely a pontoon boat. The mini van of the seas! Sold out for the kids did ya! Justify it all you want. Its a friek’n station wagon and you look like the shorts and knee sock dork that you are scared you really are! Own the $200K white milk bottle. Your just an idiot with either too much money or so maxed out on your credit that filling up the tank requires another loan. Either way you may as well wear a banana hammock and smell like High Karate.
When Its OK To Own A New Boat? – Only if you have a Woody Boat or Classic Plastic Boat. Period. No exceptions. Want a Pontoon boat, buy a small Chris Craft Rocket. Now, of course this all makes owning a new boat more expensive, cause you have to own two.. And of course while your at it, buy another classic boat, cause that Glastron in your neighbors garage is so dam cool for 1,500 bucks you gotta have it. And so it all begins. You now have the disease! Mahoganities! And then and only then, does a classic boat…sssss cost you more!