The other day I was talking to someone and the topic of woody boater came up. I wonder how that happened? Anyway, I found myself explaining the difference between Wooden Boats, as in the Magazine and category, and Woody Boats, or Classic Boats. Which can also be a bit narrow. Since there is classic designed boats that wouldn’t be in the classic boat universe. Confused? Ya, they were too.
What is the difference? Well, non really. Except I think it may have to do with production and GASP. Marketing. Yup. Brand names, and despite what you would tell a researcher, brand names do carry some weight some place in your varnish destroyed brain.
Not advertising by the way. In many cases it could be as simple as when you were 10 you saw a Chris Craft and thought. What in the hell is that! And 50 years later you are googleing old boats and find us, or others and think. Oh!
I recall someone telling me they used to lust after Shepards.. INSERT JOKE HERE… Anyway, back out of the gutter. They knew those were the best on the lake.
For me its the entire culture our Woody Boats inahbit, or inhabet them. The grains of poris wood soak up all that goodness. THe weekends on the lake, the babes waving in advertising. All of it has been… Ready… Branded in my brain, and hopefully will never fade. Thats the difference to me. A Wood Boat is just a boat made of Wood, The only real charm in the paint, varnish and ride. Okay thats three things. But on a WoodyBoat you have all those things, and history, speed, sex appeal, design, and the entire gestalt of it all. I think I spelled that right. And I even know what it means.