Thanks to fellow WoodyBoater Eric Zelman for sending us in this video of the first step in one of his restorations, a 1962 Lake N’ Sea… You may recall Eric doing this with his Woody Wagemaker. And is also restoring a U22… Yes Eric has issues, but we all do here, so we are all family. But Eric, wow! Now, on to the topic. Restoring a Classic Plastic vs A Woody Boat. You can find cheap plastic ones all over the place. Like Texx did a while back, below.
Now, as you watch this video, you will quickly realize that the dream of buying a fun cheap plastic boat and spraying it with paint and floating away in bliss may not be so easy. The YNOT gang has pointed this out many times with many of their stunning restorations.
Hey. HOLD ON, we are not trying to discourage anyone from anything here. But, a wood boat may have rot issues, but so do classic plastic boats. Even old Boston Whalers are subject to rot. And, yes a stunning restored plastic boat is going to in the end be amazing, usable and yes…expensive. There is a special place in heaven for the person that restores a plastic boat fully. Because the sad fact is many would just paint it up and use it and sell it with the hidden dangers of rotten wood under the skin. So a video like this is an absolute must. Since it does seriously separate the crap from the real deal. Eric’s Lake ‘n Sea will be the best in the world because of the extra work. Go Eric Go!
Makes restoring a Woody Boat not seem so crazy? Egh? Like anything out there, if you enjoy the process of restoration, which Eric clearly does. Than its all a priceless endeavor. So get out there, and look for your dream boat, plastic or wood, and know that if its a “Barn Find” or “Ran When It Was Backed Into the Garage” it needs you. And if you are not the enjoy the journey kinda WoodyBoater, buy one thats had the priceless journey already done. Our wonderful sponsors are standing by to help! It all starts with a simple click. And breathing mask!