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Oh my!

So, there you are innocently driving to the local Kwik Stop in St Clair Michigan for a cold one and a pack of chokes and BAM you see this mirage of a barrel back from afar.. The closer you get, you can see that its far far more than a barrel back, its a barrel..well. A barrel everything. And who ever conceived of this went all the way. The way one should. He or she.. OK it had to be a he, a single he, cause the wife is gone by now. Anyway, He committed to the barrel thing, and god bless him for it.

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Now, you may be wondering, what in the heck can I do in this? Well, today is all about that. Like, now Niagara Falls is a boating option!  Now lets make this clear, this is not a story about boat design, good or bad, but how can we help this boat sell? Being an ad guy, stuff like this is the most fun and challenging. It’s not main stream and clearly is unique. For example, maybe, juuuust maybe this is a pro pro prototype barrel back, you know the inspiration and then it just got refined in 1939. Or ruined depending on your POV.. Or here goes, just spit balling here. It can roll over like a Kayak? Never capsize? Hey, there are no bad ideas here. Here is one, its got a jet engine, like a missile? Maybe it’s a barrel back designed for big waves? Regardless, its clearly designed by someone that understands design, as extreme as it may be, it does make a statement. Anyway, its Saturday and 100 outside, so you have some time to ideate here, run ideas up the flag pole and see if they fly.

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I tried it all and could not read the phone number in case you are interested. Sorry. We are just here to help market it.

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23 Responses to “Saturday Side Of The Road Sale – Barrel Back, And Front! Come On We Can Help Market It?”
  1. Rick

    This boat is a prototype rumrunner. Instead of bottling and transferring case after case to boats for running ashore (a lot of work) the idea is to turn the entire barrel into a boat to deceive the authorities. Your feet swimming around in the spirits kills athlete foot and ads to the depth of flavor. Once at the dock just turn on the bilge pump and dispense. BRILLIANT!!

  2. m-fine

    Stories like this remind me that there are dumber things than buying a jet boat.

  3. Captain Nemo

    I think if someone just plowed into a great big log with a chainsaw you would end up something just as hydrodynamic.

    • Troy in ANE

      How about “Meet George Jetson, Jane his wife, Daughter Judy, his boy Elroy…….”

  4. Chris B

    Having a hard time thinking it’s unique shape could get attention for a business or kids play area or on a mini put course now there it would be at home.

  5. Matt

    Maybe a wine and cheese shop. Rename the boat Nice Vintage!

  6. MikeM

    That boat is an American Beauty and should therfore be the tender for American Beauty. Pony up, Troy!

  7. Danny B

    With what looks like trolling motor barely visible under the transom I bet it’s fast too. Looks like a barrel of fun.

  8. Garry

    Definitely outside the box! But the windshield obviously is a clue to the clarity of the builder!

  9. Warren

    Maybe Disney could use it for rides at the new restaurant,it’d keep the gators away

  10. Pat

    I live in St. Clair, where is this boat located ?
    Hope no one buys it before I can make him and offer.
    Maybe I can work out a trade, his boat and $45,000 for Moxie.
    I’m only asking $39,000 for Moxie the additional $6,000 is to take his boat off his hands.

    • Wilson

      I’m a little late as I’ve been out of town for the weekend but, the tag # is clearly visible…Maybe you could check the vehicle registration office for a name and address. Also the name on the transom gives a hint it may be a Smith family member. Call Chris and see.

    • Ann

      Pat, I want to buy it but Bob won’t let me, I want to see how it rides.

  11. Steve L

    This is a tough crowd. My guess is that this was built by that guy that built the “Chris Craft” sled and the “Chris Craft” horse buggy that you featured a while back? Great craftsmanship and wood work skills and a terrific sense of humor?

  12. Bruce

    Obviously, this is the result of a designer challenged to layout a boat using a single tool, that is, a stick and set of trammel points.
    Given those parameters, I’d say he did well.

  13. cenger

    Being a niche boat will require niche adverting. I’ll take a crack ‘Looking for a divorce but can’t seem the muster up the words in front of your wife? Bring home this, she’ll do the job for you.’

  14. Texx

    You would need a full crew and some long legs around the docks with no step pads. Wasn’t that boat featured in the the movie “Rounders?”

  15. Miles Kapper

    I think that whoever designed and built this knew exactly what he was doing. I would love to know the history of it. The whole thing has touches and influences of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”. Look at the dash. Someone with a real flair (pardon the pun) for designing outside the box could only have come up with it. I would name it “The Whimsy One”.