A couple days ago in a story about the boat shows growing and interest in classic boating possibly growing, we got one of the usual angry comments regarding how its an elite hobby and so on. These comments are always the same and tap into what is an ongoing image of classic boats. That they are for rich people and so on! So, first question is. If a person feels that way, how in the hell are they even on Woody Boater? Talk about buried on the internet. We are a niche within a niche within a niche! If you are here, no matter how big your wallet is, you are interested and there is a boat out there with your name on it. Or your wife’s, which we highly recommend. Anyway, The topic today is cheapo boating! Yes we buried the lead, but you are a niche within a niche kinda guy. And yes we have done posters on this. But we are talking $1-$5K boats now. Like give away in the water lets go boating for under $5K
YES! Its possible and I have had fun doing it. And even though we are restoring a 25 Sportsman, one of the most expensive boats to restore, that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy an appetizer boat every now and then. Am I alone? I don’t think so. In fact we believe here that at the core of this culture is cheap boating. HOLD on! Hot rodding is cheap. YES! Go back in your brain. The only reason you started… STARTED with classic cars and boats was because it was a fun way to be cool. You could take your fathers hand me down Cutlass, drop some Craigers on it with 5 paychecks from your job at the ESSO station and then go from there. Same with classic boats.
Like me, you found a cool Whirlwind for 1,500 bucks and that was that. Now, we dont need to remind you about the Serial Killer thing do we? Yes? HERE is the story.
Its not just about size either. There are fantastic values on Sea Skiffs, Lymanns and of course cruisers.
So, cheap boating? Hell Yes! Will it cost you in the long run? Yes, but so will going to a bar and drinking yourself to death because you don’t have a classic boat to go out and really let go!