Picking A Classic Boat For Your Family? Try This.


She smiles at me! And I love her right back. With varnish!

A hug! Thats right, our woody boats have something many new boats don’t have. A SOUL! Thats right. I aint nuts. Okay, I am nuts. Each boat even made on the same day by the same people are unique. They feel different, and behave differently. Add to that a history, maturity, and you have a unique craft that either fits you or not. So open up your mind, breath in, hug, and feel your possible new boat.

Went out for a slow slow ride. Watched the moon and sunset

Took my girl. I had little choice. She loves a boat ride.

And came upon my old Skiffany out under the Maxfield Parish clouds. We still love that Skiff.



Tucked away for another day

Wood has a memory, each tree is different, like you are. And this, this one thing, is what makes our passion so much fun. Love, care, and pain are all blended together in a masterful design.

14 replies
  1. tparsons56
    tparsons56 says:

    Like many of us I have a modern boat and a classic boat. The modern boat is great for [mostly] worry free operation and taking out non-boaters who are nervous being in a 70+ year old boat.

    As you said a classic boat evokes a different type of emotion. It is not only the style, history and nuances of the boat but a more hands on relationship. With a classic boat at some time all of us have gotten our hands dirty with some sort of repair or maintenance item which in an odd way we find appealing. While we don’t like breaking down we do feel a great satisfaction with diagnosing and repairing the issue.

    Major restorations and repairs I would still leave to the professionals but if you like “tinkering” around with things then a classic boat is perfect. If tinkering on a boat is not for you then maybe its not a good fit.

  2. John Rothert
    John Rothert says:

    Heading out for some July 4th boat and girlfriend hugs.
    Hot here in ole Va..but ready to cruise.

    John in Va.

  3. Charlie Berry
    Charlie Berry says:

    Having enjoyed a 1939 CC runabout for several years before it became a financial burden in retirement, I still at age 86 wish I could rent a cottage in Maine for a month and have a runabout to complete the picture. How do I do that without spending $35 K ++ to accomplish it. The cottage I can rent, the boat, seemingly not.

  4. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    I agree that classic glass can have a would to, but I still can’t figure out why Troy named his after what happens when he eats too much at the Palm Gardens.

    • m-fine
      m-fine says:

      Ugh autoincorrect changes soul to would. WHY? Why does Apple change correctly spelled words to completely different ones? Forget Matt’s message about unity and love, I HATE you autoincorrect. Yeah, I said it. HATE HATE HATE!!!! No lovey huggy BS from me today you devil Apple people!

      OK, deep breaths. Inhale. Exhale. I better get some bacon to lower my blood pressure. And chocolate and a boat ride. Inhale…

  5. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P )
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P ) says:

    Classic aluminum also has a soul and spirit. And let’s not trash outboards today.

  6. Bryan
    Bryan says:

    Ok guys here’s my question. I grew up skiing behind a Cc Holiday on my friends family boat. I’m thinking about buying one I just loved that boat. His dad always hung her from straps and kept the hull wet all summer. I don’t have a lake house. Can I keep her in the garage and trailer to local lakes without hull issues? I have seen some with 5200 hulls or West hulls. Does this help? I just have always loved that boat.

    Your thoughts appreciated.


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