We have touched on this subject many times here, and with all this back and forth about this years awards, it dawned on me that what was it about that original interior that hit such a nerve. Its polarizing.. YES, I am bringing it up again.. But not for the reason of the interior. I like what was done. In fact once you change from the actual original material, you should have free rain to do what ever you want. It’s not original anymore, its a copy.
No different than the statue of liberty in Las Vegas, or Lake Hopatcong! And thus the entire concept of a Preserved Category seems a tad odd to me. Yes, I know there are some areas like bottom and safety that should be considered. But if we are gonna take preserved seriously, and we should, than an all 100% original boat should sweep the show clean. Period.
Like Andrew C’s Amazing time capsule Utility at Clayton. It is what it is. Its original, there are zero flaws when its like that. And yes a new bottom is a flaw, its not what is original.
Now we can get in the weeds of categories, this isnt about that. Its about the zen of it all. The smell, sound and feel of an original boat is unmistakable. The tension of “will it break down or sink” adds to the romance of it all. Sure it’s a pain in the aft. But it’s also what your boats heart and soul is about. The flaws and never ending tweaking is fun, It’s gonna be cold out, do you want to be thrown in the water and expect to run like its a 70 degree day?
Like many of us, WE NEED YOUNGER PEOPLE IN THE CULTURE… Like many of us that are let’s say Mature…. I have learned over time, that my flaws and history are at the heart of my soul. I like my boats like that as well. They… well…