Today we give the floor to you! The great citizens of Woodyboaterville. Yes, even Dim! Somehow I miss him, it feels so boring without a nasty jab! Maybe I am an abused Boater? Speaking of abuse, do you have any advice for a person wanting to get into classic boating? And “run” is not advice. For example.
- Get a fun boat you can enjoy for a year to see if you like the culture.
- Start with a plywoody or fiberglassic.
- Go to shows! Take rides, ask questions. Trust us, it’s like visiting your Grandfather and asking about his real passion. Bring a chair!
- Join the local ACBS group. There are some great folks in the community and they will help you find a killer boat. We all want you to have a great experience. Nothing beats buying a boat from a boat show guy.And some boats stay in the family, if you know what I mean.
- Don’t buy a project boat without trying a good one first. Each boat drives and feels differently. Drive many boats. MANY! I spent three years restoring a boat I did not like driving! Ugh!
- Just because the boat is cheap, doesn’t mean its a good deal. Many times a restored boat is the more affordable option. Trust me, I have paid a lot to learn this lesson.
- Bottom Jobs. Know what you are getting into. It looks easy and isn’t. There are countless unfinished dreams out there in garages.
- DO NOT ASK YOUR WIFE FOR PERMISSION! DO NOT! She will tell you, you’re an idiot. AGAIN! This is your first. If you already have cars and Motorcycles, well, it’s over anyway. Now, this is an entire story unto its self. Because, in all truth you should involve your wife. And buying a piece of junk that clogs up the garage will kill you, but if you get a small fun boat that you can plop in the water and go for a fun sunset ride, it will pay in dividends. Now, if you are a wife, and want to buy a boat, and your husband, boyfriend etc is not the kinda guy that wants a classic boat. DUMP HIS BORING ASS!
- Visit WoodyBoater a lot. Not a plug for us, but there are over 4000 stories here and from time to time we find a special deal. Like that cool project Chris Craft a couple weeks ago, we did the story and it was gone in 2 hrs. Already had a new bottom. They go fast and we are very focused on you as a first time boater. It’s our mission to get you and keep you involved. Also our sponsors are good people and worth a call. No one wants you to not love it. Our sponsors BTW all have a top reputation in the community and are trust worthy. And if you are really concerned, Katz’s Marina has a Warranty on their boats!
- It’s just a boat, have fun in it, on it, and with it. Before you know it, you will launch a website on the topic and be writing top ten lists to encourage others to join you!
There ya have it, my best attempt to help. Depending on the boat you like, and the condition it is in, advice can be different. You can trust the sponsors here. We use them, have had great experiences. There are also great folks out there that can also help. But also land mines and sadly companies that play games and tricks. Just ask us and we will be more than happy to help avoid the tricks. The goal is to have fun, and get out there!