Cynic Charlie Leaves A Glass Half Full Comment Worth Not Reading.


Darla Charlie is so negative.

In yesterdays story Woody Boater Cynic Charlie left a comment that sadly rings kinda true, True if you see the world falling apart, and adopt the “Kids these days view of the universe” Here it is regarding the 25 Continental for sale feature.

“Cheer leaders for the 25 ft Chris Craft is what I read; wishful thinking; few people understand or care how the bullnose and the semi make this boat rare and exceptional; old Chris Craft fans are retired and trying to sell these boats before their estate trustee is saddled with this task; they aren’t buying these boats > most people just see a hull that’s made of wood, lots of work to maintain the varnish and the boat won’t make reserve on eBay; come on Matt, do a story when this auction closes on why this boat didn’t sell;” 

Kids these days!


Okay, lets speak to this. Because on so many levels Charlie is right, and wrong. And you all know I love this stuff, cause there is no correct answer and in the end, I get clicks and you all get to voice your opinion.

Personally I am a glass half full person, and I think Kids these days are fantastic, and in fact as a former “Kid these days”, I see a never ending rhythm of stuff like this. Kids are kids. Old farts are old farts, and thats just life.

Yes I am using gratuitous old babe shots to move the story along today.

To correct Charlie, classic boats, and yes wood boats have been selling big-time to a far younger person. In an article by the Robb Report featured here a month ago, many of the boat dealers spoke on this topic. And it makes sense. The Millennial mind set is now a parent, and buying homes on the water and inspired by the Instagram lifestyle. And classic Woody Boats are the apidimi of lake life and image conscious people.

Buster and Barb out boating on there new $2,500 boat back in the day. Kids those days!

$115K is chump change to younger folks like this. Here is why. They are buying starter homes for around 1 million, A shippy center console or pontoon boat is over 100K and the car they drive is $75K. Thats life now and to us, still handing out 25 cent tips to the young man at the grocery store are still baffled. To us, the over 60 universe we are living in a different economy with little hope for an upside, and somewhat frozen in our universe, so $100K is insane money.

Close to $1K in cushions. Yup!

BTW, if you look at your bank account lately, it seems like most anything that needs to be done around the house, car office is around $5-$10K thats the new $1K. Inflation? yes. Time? Yes. So. Charlie, will this boat sell for $115K to some kid..50 year old kid…YES, for $115? Don’t know .. But one thought to consider is that $115K today was $85K two years ago. And would cost $200K today to do the work done.  And that is how it all goes. God bless the seller for keeping “Honey” going in such a wonderful way.

They are all 90 now.. If they are lucky! Life somtimes is not about money, but the memories and joy money can bring.

And here is the other truth. No one of us who own one of these beasts clearly needs the money to eat, or does his widow if thats the case. It’s more just cleaning out the barn for simplicity, cause you, me had some fun enjoying a passion, no different than a life of golfing, traveling and other pursuits that give emotional value rather than a financial return.

18 replies
  1. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    I have always said that anything is worth what a buyer will pay and a seller will agree to take for an item.

    We just paid more for a “Late Classic” cruiser (yes it’s fiberglass) than I thought we ever would. Maybe we should have waited for the market to soften, but we want to live life now. Comparing to wake board boats, pontoons, and even some real classics I guess this “condo on water” was a bargain.

    If you like it, and can afford it, go ahead and buy it!

    • Troy in ANE
      Troy in ANE says:

      1995 Tollycraft 45CPMY

      She has looped 2.5 times. Owners are building a house in Pentwater MI and needed to sell her due to increased material costs. She is currently in Ft. Pierce FL and we will be going down May 8th to start our journey north.

      Planning on having her at the ACBS international in Burlington VT in September, if all goes well.

  2. Clay at Crosslake
    Clay at Crosslake says:

    Troy, nice purchase! You’ll have some good living on your new cruiser. What is her length on deck? Would you comment on why you felt American Beauty wasn’t the boat for you to do the Loop?

    • Troy in ANE
      Troy in ANE says:


      Ultimately American Beauty was a nice day / weekend cruiser that did not have any of the creature comforts that we were wanting for extended cruising.

      It would have taken about 100K to put in radar, water heater, ……………. and we still would have had a 25K boat. A larger CC cruiser that is equipped would be fine to do the loop but she was not. After owning her for almost a decade I realized: that much wood was hard to keep up with. I think a 25′ wood boat is about as big as I want to tackle these days.

      All that being said I would not swap off the experience of stewarding AB.

  3. Dick Dow
    Dick Dow says:

    Firstly – Great subject and approach Matt! I think back to when I bought my first house in 1978- I was making about $12K yearly, had enough of a down payment to get the interest rate down to 16.8% and paid about $68K for the place. Today, that 1,500 square foot house on a 1/4 acre would go for about $1M. It last sold seven years ago for $650K… It’s all relative. Secondly – Welcome to the club Troy! I enjoyed our conversation a couple weeks ago and congratulate you on your new Tolly and loop plan. That’s one of the things on my bucket list – at least the East coast to Great Lakes portion. 👍🏻😊

    • Duster
      Duster says:

      Yep got me right between the eyes that one. I vote that Matt’s best misspelling ever. So good.

  4. Dana from Tower MN
    Dana from Tower MN says:

    Great looking cruiser!
    Good story, one thing to consider is if you buy a quality wood classic, take good care of it, enjoy it for a dozen odd years, it’s probably worth as much or more than you paid for it. I don’t think that would hold true for a new pontoon . Just my 2 cents.

  5. Royce Humphreys
    Royce Humphreys says:

    Well stated Matt! I am seeing a lot of kids these days wanting and buying these boats because of the memories, sentiments and times aboard these or knowing that their grandparents owned one back in the day. I have three friends that are in their early thirties that have all embraced the hobby and are enjoying the woodyboater lifestyle. Makes me smile!

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