We are hitting a perfect storm in our boats life cycle. Parts are are getting harder and harder to find. Mix that with the Pandemic shut down of factories, and the cold war with China, and any new part for your engine is getting close to impossible to find, and if you do, it’s expensive as crap. And to be very “look in the mirror” We are kinda of a penny pincher community. Hey, I get it, its a pleasure boat, and spending big money on a part, set of piston rings, manifold, can push your budget over the top. And part of the fun of our boats is finding them cheap and going boating.
But, as we hit the intersection of machine as art, we are gonna start running into financial situations that we may not like. Take for example Step pads for a Chris Craft. The cost to produce the parts is very expensive, and to make them you have to make a ton of them, and is the market there to buy them once you make crates of them. NO! I don’t even have to suggest anything else.
With the world going metric, finding engine parts, that are cast, or manufactured just isn’t happening. As crappy as a Chinese part may be, or not. They are not being made. Rebuild kits for fuel pumps, carbs etc. Are almost impossible to find.
The business’s of our community are struggling to keep up. And the generation that started those companies is getting exhausted, trying to keep up. Add in that us. Angry we cant go boating because a part is in covid purgatory, and well it turns into a type of melt down.
WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?
Enough complaining and bitching. is there a path forward. Yes. It’s all about attitude and how we look at out boats. I know, I know not this art crap again. But we are here now! For the past 10 years I have been yacking on and on about the passion being in a shift from Boat to Art. You own a work of art now. Not a boat. Period. Covid is the WW2 pre war, post war time in our history. Post Covid, they are now ART. And parts, labor, and materials, are going to change. The folks that supply us all are artists. Craftsmen, and should be paid accordingly. The cost of a part, will be more because of supply and demand. If you want to drive a vintage engine, there is no rational reason to do so. Thats an artistic, emotional choice you make. ART.
I personally love this. Sorry, it will inspire new blood and younger artisans to jump in. To bring a different perspective to our community, and try new things. The new generation that is stepping up now is driven by this.