Thanks to long time fellow Woody Boater “Rabbit” for thinking of this very smart idea. Take this copy and make a simple poster for your next classic boat event. Heck, make t shirts, tattoo it on your wife’s bodacious bottom, or your bodacious beer belly! Basically anyplace people look. A poster is the easiest and least sexist BTW, and can be done today at Kinko’s. Throw that thing on an stand and end the endless dribble about all the perceived issues that are no longer issues. You know the folks walking through your indoor new boat show are thinking it, yet drooling all over your boat. Or your wife’s bodacious bottom. Hey, sex sells. Anyway, the mocked up poster is at the top of the story! The file may be too small. I am happy to provide a file, just email us. Email in about section, OR, make your own with the text below. We are all in this together. Thanks again to Rabbit for the idea!
Fully Restored Boats Are Much Less Expensive Than You Think
A turn-key restored wooden inboard with new varnish, refinished chrome, new interior, rebuilt motor and a tight new “5200” bottom can be had for as little as $15,000. A restored classic fiberglass boat can be had for even less. And unless you want to do the work yourself, fully restored is the way to go
Well Maintained Vintage Motors Are Reliable and Simple to Repair
The original flathead 6-cylinder and V-8 motors from makers like Chris Craft, Gray Marine and Chrysler are robust and simple while parts are generally widely available.
Repowering with a modern V-6, V-8 or outboard is another option
Kept Covered and (Ideally) on a lift a Woody Can Go 4-5 Years Before The Varnish Needs to be Freshened.
A few new coats of varnish is not intensive or very expensive.
Painted “lapstrakes” last even longer, and fiberglass longer yet.
Unlike New Boats, Classic Boats Hold Their Value.
A new boat loses significant value the first day you use it.
Classic Boats Are Meant to Be Used, Not Babied.
They may look like works of art, but they’re built to be enjoyed all Summer long.
You’re Joining a Community That’s There For You.
Your local chapter of the ACBS provides a network of welcoming friends who can offer advice, help you locate boats, parts and reputable restorers.
There ya have it. This simple copy could double the size of your chapter faster than a box of hot dounuts can double the size of your wife’s bodacio…. OK, you get the point.