I know to many the idea of owning a new boat seems like a fools folly, and owning a classic boat is for the deeply insane. Why? Why would anyone subject themselves to all the upkeep and care to own and run a classic boat? Well, I suppose to those people that think that, there is no hope. But to the person that loves a classic boats and stops themselves from living out their dream of owning one. What the hell are you waiting for? This is a fantastic life, and always full of different options to enjoy life.
Classic boats are art, and machines that capture and propel us to a time of fun and relaxation. A time when we are not working, or in meetings, or digging a ditch. Classic boats represent a history of our time off. Time that is our own, and nothing captures and encapsulates that time like Mahogany. beautiful varnished, mahogany is the best, because it allows us to see the texture of history in the wood. The dock dings, the scars of time. But enough about the esoteric aspects of varnished wood.
Let’s talk about the joy of a moving machine that floats on the water, and brings joy to so many. There is a dramatic difference that is palatable between being out on a new boat, and being in a classic boat. A classic boat needs me, a new boat needs nothing, A classic boat requires a human to be part of the enjoyment, a new boat can run off an app. You are there for the ride. A classic boat needs attention and love and time to keep alive, a new boat, just sucks your paycheck but could sit outside and not care.
A classic boat is like your dog, loyal, loves you, and participates in your love, and a new boat is like a cat, it doesn’t care if you are there or not. So, thats just a small part of it all. I know my classic boats are more than boats to me, they are just as fun to be with out of the water and in a barn as they are in the water. They are fun to find, and still within reason to afford and can be found in obscure areas. The life that they represent, is still out there being discovered and brought to life.
The fact that we found a photo of a historic moment from almost 100 years ago is amazing, and one more thing I love about classic boating. Finding history and being part of saving it for others. And to think we are just a couple weeks from saving history again and Lake Dora. Please join us all there and show support to an amazing group of fellow Woody Boaters who have worked hard since September on making sure the Lake Dora Show stays fun and an exciting way to start the summer season! See you there!