DAMMMMMMM YOU DAVE BORTNER! This is the one. First I LOVE LOVE LOVE WECATCHEM, she has the history, the lines, and restoration that is PERFECT. She is me, and our family loves her. But, I have said often, a twin engine Sportsman is the set up.
And a Pre War one with that very cool Sportsman lettering on the bow is a mind blower. And here is one of the nicest ones we know of for sale. A big sister to Stinky? Both 1937 boats. It’s like they a genetically connected. maybe even the same batch of wood, the same craftsman, the same everything. AHHHHHHHH. Banjo wheel, sharp lines. Breath in breath out.
I thought I was getting jaded to it all. After seeing a ton of boats over the years. Is there a boat that can muster up the ole passion machine. HELL YES. This one! And considering what goes into a restoration of one of these, $250K plus, the price of $149,000 is actually reasonable. And given that a very nice 25 foot new center console can be in the $200K range. This is a deal. It will be worth roughly that much in a couple years, vs the center console. See, I have even rationalized it financially.
Two 25 Sportsman? Sure. Why not, Alex Watson has two, and has survived. His head didnt blow up. Wife is still around.. And its no different than having a 50 foot boat. Right, only smarter? And this one has twin K’s. So, talk me out of it. Or yourself into it. Can anyone help me justify it?