If you have been out on the water this summer, you have no doubt seen a lot of boaters. A LOT! With low fuel prices and being stuck at home. It only makes sense. Boating is a great escape. Classic boating, even better. And you have had a hankering for an old woody, and now your time has come.
Tip 1. BUY A RESTORED BOAT! Buy someone else’s dream restoration. It will cost you about 50% of the restoration cost. Fix what needs to be fixed, change colors, whatever and enjoy boating first.
Tip 2. Make sure your first classic boat has a good restored bottom. The last thing you want to deal with is that job and expense right now.
Tip 3, old outboards and trailers SUCK. Set them aside and make an artistic statement out of them.
Tip 4. Try out different models. Sit in them and take your time. We all want a runabout first, they are sexier, but Utilities are the more social boats. And if you are older, fatter and stiffer than you were at 18, easier to work on.
Tip 5. Subscribe to Classic Boating magazine, join some clubs, and bask in it all. Any problem you have, has been had before. They are all classic problems. Enjoy them.
Tip 6. They smell, it’s normal. Exhaust, oil blow by, varnish, dead rodents, its all part of the total experience. trust me, you will enjoy it all. Your nose is an amazing safety gauge.
Tip 7. LIFT AND SNIFF. Always smell your engine compartment. If you smell fuel, looks around, you have a loose nut or screw.
Tip 8. Don’t be a douche out there. Watch your wake. Our boats make huge wakes at low speeds, and people are watching you. They cant help it, but if you are a douche, they will know you. Do it in a plastic pile of white Clorox recycled Clorox bottles, you are anonymous.
Tip 9. Breaking down is part of the fun. Have a tow boat, or friends phone number around. We all break down, bring tools, and a good sense of humor.
Tip 10. Come back here on WoodyBoater every day. You will find over 5000 stories on the topic of your current medical condition, and others like you. Confused, crazy, perverted, immature, sexist, offensive, and kind and caring! Nothing is stupid, and no question to ridiculous. You may get some nutso answers, but we will make you feel better about your insecurities. The boat ones. Your personal ones will be exploited and shoved back into your face. Thats what friends are for.
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