Own A Classic Boat And You’re Always Boating.

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Sure, it’s winter, sure your classic boat is tucked away, but you still can be boating. YA see, when you own a big new boring hunk of plastic, it’s gone until it’s in the water. but when you own a fun classic boat, there are winter shows, work to do, and lets all admit it, a classic boat looks cool, just sitting in the garage. It’s one of the great things about the classic boat culture, it’s always there, more than just a fair weather friend. A little secret, sometimes a fun day in the garage working on the boat is more fun than a summer day on the water. That’s the magic of history. The varnish, the fine tuning, all of it has been repeated thousands of times for decades. Nothing has changed!

So if you are waiting on buying a classic boat until spring, you may be missing the the most fun part of your time together! Now start shopping for a cool boat, join your local ACBS club, or Chris – Craft Antique Boat club and before you know it, you will be Woody Boating…. In the barn! Just 4 months until Lake Dora By the way! Wooohoooo!

19 replies
  1. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    I think today’s story is a sign that we need more content contributions from our Southern Hemisphere community.

      • Troy in ANE
        Troy in ANE says:


        BTW I have never used one of those round brushed that you have in the picture with my quote. Are they good?

        • Dick Dow
          Dick Dow says:

          So Troy, 1937-ish 40′ Double Stateroom Enclosed Chris Craft? Or is it one of the shorter, one-off/customs that were built during that time My favorite era of the Chris cruisers!

  2. Chris B
    Chris B says:

    some truth to that we have Riot is in richs shop to put a whip strut on, Its was not ready so we were bored and now that has turned into the whole boats apart tinkerin an paintin and varnishin a week project has been going on for 4 so far. we just cant seem to stop ourselves. the varnish is too good takes away the early winter chill

  3. Steve Moreau
    Steve Moreau says:

    Well 1st its 60′ this morning and will hit 70′ for our high. It will be that was all week. But work has overthrown pleasure here in coonassville as I’m on a 7 day 16 hour shift. Which may not end until February, if lucky maybe the end of January. So that has put a grinding halt to t the pole barn remodeling as well as the boat projects. But we need to make the money when we can. So hi-ho-hi-ho it’s off th work I go.
    2) nd I don’t get to watch much tv and I know fads come and go, a few years ago all that was on the boob tube was vampires. But now I think it’s all about zombies. Well l must tell y’all when I seen the header and first picture I though that we were being incade!

    Anyways hi-ho hi-ho you know where I go. Have a great day guys and gals check back tonight.

  4. Wilson
    Wilson says:

    Something from down South….You know you are a redneck if you do all your Christmas shopping at Tractor Supply..

    And if you don’t have a Tractor Supply store in your neighborhood, you need one.

  5. Tim Robinson
    Tim Robinson says:

    Has anyone seen the new Craftman tool commercial released yesterday. The last shot showes a wood boat. Google tells me it is a Van Dam.

    • MikeM
      MikeM says:

      Tim, I saw the commercial and it puts me to shame. That guy is sooo fast. Maybe it’s the sharp spade bit he uses? Maybe I need to get rid of my Dewalt stuff and switch to craftsman? Either way he makes a beautiful boat.

    • Troy in ANE
      Troy in ANE says:


      Yes! I saw that ad a few weeks ago out here. Meant to search it to see if I could figure out what the boat was.

      If it was just released out there it must be because of the time difference.

  6. Dennis Mykols
    Dennis Mykols says:

    Matt, this is so true. Everyone of my boats leave my possession after I sell them, with several “add-on’s”, or improvements that fit MY NEEDS. Nothing major, just little things to make the day on the water a little more enjoyable; like where to store dock lines to be at hand when needed, but not underfoot. Or, my big fetish, always fiddling around with the trailer! Making adjustments to improve loading and unloading, or traveling down the highway.
    It’s the “messin around the boat” in the driveway that brings as much enjoyment as being on the water. If I had a warm garage to putz in during the winter months, I would need another job to pay for all the costs of my tinkering habits…
    Bottom line, I like to think the person I sell my classics to, have a better setup than I bought, and appreciates all the little improvements I have made.

  7. Tom Gruenauer
    Tom Gruenauer says:

    I boat year round in Buffalo NY. The glass inboard is tucked away for it’s winter nap. The “Forever” restoration continues.

    • Fredster
      Fredster says:

      just put on finals to a couple of projects, using 25 year old Epifanes,I swear it looked like Guinness, flowed like honey, and smelled like Lilacs!. I could have been dreaming, but the results are too good to be from the elvish night crew…… or gnomes, or hobbits, or Yoda, or the schwartzz!!!!!!!”‘ wake up.

  8. reddog
    reddog says:

    somehow in the detroit area they dont show the whole commercial. just him drilling wth the spade bit and then he slaps the boat turns off the lights and he walks away. then they show the boat in shadow real quick then it cuts to craftsmen logo. thanks mr. basler for sending in the whole commercial..

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