Why Woody Boats Are Far Better Than Plastic Boats, Even Classic Cars.
Your honor, I wish to present my case here. We all love classic stuff. The history, style and romance of timeless art that moves you. And I love all three, four.. hell 20 of different vintage things. Coke machines, posters, anything.
But there is one thing that is special about a Classic Woody Boat that is different, and better. It’s made out of wood! Everything rots, Metal rusts, plastic gets weak, But try and replace a plastic hull? Or a rusted car. You have to find the parts, where as a classic Woody Boat can be remade in your garage. Like you went to the factory and did it yourself. Hell, you can rebuild an entire boat. no fiberglass molds, no hammering and stamping new metal.
If you want to restore a Fiberglass boat to a very safe standard, it will cost as much as a wood boat. And the parts, and bodies have to be found. It’s really that simple. Never mind that you in the end own one of the most beautiful forms of transportation on the planet.
And the best part, is you are also in one of the best communities in the world. Helpful, kind, and always ready to help. Now go spread the gospel.
Isn’t Stinky a wood boat wrapped in plastic?
Everyone has a dark side.
nice one Jim but that’s a Texas registration isn’t it?
Only on one side! Besides it expired in the 80s.
And most of them will not go without their metal assemblies inside of them
Amen! Testify! Going out to hug my boat in isolation less than a mile from the closed ramp. Moved her 750 miles to be stopped at the last one. Sorry for the pain, hopefully it will lead to our long term gain.
Old boats, old boathouses, late afternoon, ready for a cruise.
Spread the word………….
Well said Matt. Take care. Love (Big Bubba)
Fiberglass can be cool “big time”!
Bam! The 47, 35 and 19 SS are Dick Avery’s best designs and head turners to this day. Proud to own two and still love the 35 that we sold.
oooohhhh that’s nice!
Wood boats over plastic boats…mmmmm, still undecided. Wood boats over old cars? Absolutely.
Reason #493: You don’t have to lay on the ground working on a wood boat (almost never) with sand, grit, oil falling into one’s eyes.
Reason #513: “Please get that rusty, leaking, smelly old car fixed and take me for a ride”, said no single woman ever.
I likes um both, got lucky on my 56 find, no rust.
A Nomad….. aaahhh (drool)
We cruise a ‘60 Cavalier and ski a ‘72 Correct Craft Martinique. Two great worlds to escape to. Absolutely love a 19’ Commander or XK.
Half glass half wood.
1970 Chris Craft Ski Boat still solid and affordable. Been there with wood. Have neither time or money for wonderful wood!
Balance between GOOD and EVIL.
We all know a woody can make you feel young again!
Just a little proof that Glass can be redone in the garage also.
I thought we got past the Wood/Glass argument and were now all inclusive.
How about we all stand in a circle (6 feet apart of course) and sing KUMBAYA together.
(This video even has boats in it.)
Wood is great, but I love a boat with a brightly-colored deck, and you only get that with fiberglass, or sometimes aluminum.
And yes, having gone through it with this old 1962 MFG, a restoration can cost as much as doing a wood boat. But there was no scrounging for parts. The original deck hardware was stripped and powder-coated to look like the original white plastic-coat, the wood seats were rebuilt (wood!), the windshield repaired and a vent installed, and the seat upholstery is original, Just lots of labor and associated materials.
Biggest issues were the keel, transom, and a small hole in the bottom, along with getting the original red gelcoat on the deck to come back. Lots of sanding and polishing to bring it from being a “pink” boat. Another big issue was my insistence on not painting any repairs, but spot matching gelcoat, which was tricky for the white hull, but was able to be done.
As they say, it’s whatever floats your boat.
Two vintage Classics. Linda says it’s OK to mention that…
If I had to choose, wood for sure, for the resonance and the aromas alone. But I’ve great respect and fondness for greatness in glass.
Wait. Is that Mayer driving my XK-19? Why yes it is. Busted!
Yes, classic glass can be as expensive as classic wood, but it can also be as rewarding!
Everyone stay well!
Love classic machines, have a few ,my baby is a 1973 21ft. StarCraft Chieftain aluminum cabin cruiser, design dates back to StarCraft’s early years. It gets thumbs up almost every time I take her out. Want another classic but with a half dozen watercraft to take care of am at the point one might have to go to make room for another.
Can’t thank you enough for this posting and it is so very true. Nothing like classic or antique anythings, but when it comes to the boat, it is simply a class abovc them all for me. I even enjoy thinking about them and do, most of the time. We enjoy showing and using all of ours each summer…
Some fiber classics are hard to tell from wood. Been asked many times “How many coats of varnish?’ Elite Craft
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For my “wood boat” experience in my yellow 1977 Chris Craft Super Sport, I simply brush spar varnish on driver’s side seat frame.
In defense of fiberglass boats, they do make for better mermaid grottos than wood boats