Yesterdays story brought up some bad memories for me. And, a reminder of why I started Woody Boater 11ish years ago. I never wanted anyone else to go through the pain I did on a restoration gone crazy expensive. By the time I was finished with the boat, I was finished with the boat. It was a daily reminder of my ignorance. I have written it off as a collage education in the hobby. It cost more than one, that’s for sure.
I know I am not alone. It’s a dirty little secret among many of us. Mind you I am not a wealthy man. Spending anything over $100 requires a family discussion. And that’s if we have it to spend.. And further more, a boat, a wood boat is so far down the list, it’s behind cleaning the septic tank being cleaned, for example.
I have noticed boats that are finished and then all of a sudden pop up for sale. You start the project as a dream. It can be fun. But near the end so painful, that you just want to at least get some of it back. So is there a solution? What have I learned over this past 11 years?
Trust! It’s all about trust. Find a good place to do your boat right, and be transparent, on both ends, restorer and owner. I was told once if we told the owner the real price they would never do the job. BULL SHIP!
This is why I am so passionate about who is on this page. Each one of these companies and the folks that play along in the comment section are class acts and TRUST worthy. I LOVE WECATCHEM, and all my boats I love using them, and fear nothing having it worked on. That should scream volumes about the process.
I know the same can be said for folks that use Sierra, Hacker, Freedom, Katz’s, and all our other supporters. They all have loyal customers and folks that love their boats. Meet a person who loves his or her boat, and you will find a great restorer and marina to service it. They are here on Woody Boater from reputation and personal experience. We are very passionate about that.
So, if you are in this part of the horrible process, you are not alone, and it’s not our culture, not our love. You may just need a different partner. There is a wonderful light at the end of your tunnel.