From time to time this subject comes up in the bowels of the comment section. Someone takes a shot at Woody Boater regarding most of our stories being about Chris Craft. Well, is that true, or Russian fake news being spread? Well. It is true. Most of the stories here do contain a chris craft. And I own 2 so its natural that I do those. When I owned a whaler, we over did whaler stories, and I know some moan when I do a Sweet Pea Trawler story. I get it.
BUT, ya, you knew there would be a big BUT here. Think about the size of the community and then divide it up into specific brands. I do not have numbers, and I suppose the ACBS and Hagerty could spend days weeding through stats, and find the break down. So I am going to take a gut guess here. How it feels at shows and on line
.I think it would be fair to say that Chris Crafts make up of half the community, then Century, Gar Wood Hackers, and Lymans. That seems to be the gist. Then there is Shepards, Whalers, Grevettes, and then it really starts getting thinner and thinner. We can cluster all the Whirlwinds, Thompsons, yellow jackets into a stwe of outboard boats. maybe not Thompson, that could be up there in the Lyman bin. Regardless you could and I am sure, argu over details, but its kinda a close guess.
Now Woody Boater is an equal oportunity offender. We love other brands, LOVE. I love finding new things, companies and stories. But they just dont happen as much and so this is how it goes. We do love Lymans. Gar Woods, etc.
With all that said, the Algonac Gang is very very passionate. And Algonac is where it ALL began. And thats why many call any old classic boat a Chris Craft. It’s how branding works, and being iconic pays off. Like Kleenex, WD-40, Xeroxing, Googleing, all are brands. Yet replace a thing or action.
Chris Craft is motor boating and there isn’t anything can do to change that. That is the prize for being first and largest. And still going and relevant.