In last weeks story on Classic Boats possibly saving the larger boating world, someone mentioned that one huge reason why people shy away from Classic Boats is the perceived maintenance. And of course no matter how many times we do a story on the subject, it is the general impression out there. But it’s not correct, it’s an old image based on the past, not today. Sure, back in the day, your boat required all sorts of stuff to keep going. But! So do modern boats. Heck I spent the weekend buffing, waxing and generally cleaning up the boatresses small 17 new plastic boat. I was thinking while working. Hell, this is more painful doing this crap than cleaning out 5 gallons of rat turds. And not as rewarding.
But that’s not even an apples to apples conversation. Lets take two boats, one brand new, one fresh restoration. Both $50,000. Take the new center console singe engine boat. It has all sorts of computer stuff on it, and looks all clean and new. The restored boat is also shiny and new and is all analog. No computers. Heck your phone can do most of the stuff you need. Now, lets use those boats for 50 hours. Both will be fine, the Classic might need an oil change. The new boat, not. That’s really it. Both are under a cover, both are kept clean. So no real expense or service issue yet. Now. The classic boat has a 5200 bottom, and 15 coats of varnish, all new electrical etc. The new plastic boat, has some small glitches in the computer that need adjusting etc.
NOW, and this is what we really are talking about. When stuff starts wearing a bit. The new boat has electronics and computers etc, that need upkeep by an MIT graduate, and the Classic Boat you can if you like fix, or have any normal mechanic do simple stuff for. After a year of sun, the new boat needs a wax, and the classic, either a wax if its also plastic, or a woody, needs a refresh varnish. See so far, no real difference. Heck if you want stick a new 2016 engine in the classic. At this point its a design lifestyle choice. NOT a maintenance choice. And this is where the real difference is. And its HUGE.
After 3 years of ownership. Taking care of both boats. The classic boat will hold its value by a huge margin over the newer boat. In fact, if you bought the classic boat right, you could????? Possibly make some money on it. Maybe not, but with the newer plastic boat, there is no chance in hell. Cause that company just made a newer slicker one. So the only value you really have in your newer boat, is how low of a price can you afford to sell it for! And that, is far more painful than the concept of being to difficult to take care of.
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