One of the fantastic parts of doing WoodyBoater is being able to see our little universe all over..well.. the universe. Today we travel to Thailand thanks to fellow Woody Boater Sponsors Hacker-Craft who has a long history there. In 1930 King Rama VII, the ruler of Siam (now Thailand) commissioned a 38 foot Hacker-Craft custom commuter. The interior cabin was outfitted with gold fixtures and the boat was paid for in gold bullion. It is still owned by the royal family and is housed in the royal boathouse in Bangkok.
And if you need a fix of real Basel Chicken, you can also enjoy some real Woody Boating in Southeast Asia. Yup. There is a dealer there, and they also lease boats. Here is a quote from the Hacker -Craft Press release
Classic Boats Lifestyle, Ltd. (CBL) as an official stocking dealer. A family-owned and operated business, CBL will exclusively represent Hacker-Craft in Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Burma/Myanmar.
As part of their commitment they have purchased five Hacker-Craft as an initial investment. Potential clients include individuals, luxury hotels and clubs and other commercial ventures.
Now, if for some reason you need a Hacker Craft fix, and don’t want to drive from , well lets say Cleveland, you can. The Hacker Craft factory is in Silver Bay NY. USA, And it’s amazing. With full restoration services, new and used boats, and full service.