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motosno963
09-04-2012, 06:15 PM
soo its been a long time dream for me(and my father whos in his 70's) to own a 40-50's chris craft wooden runabout..i would love to own one once my boay sells but im nervous as well to owning such a beautiful boat and how how much work it would been to keep it a beautiful boat...what do you guys think about them

jpetty3023
09-04-2012, 06:17 PM
I think they are beautiful expensive boats which require a lot of money and upkeep🚤🚤

ChrisK
09-04-2012, 06:18 PM
Perfect retirement boat for someone that is absolutely committed to owning one. Otherwise I think they're too much work to own one while you have other priorities cluttering your life. I wouldn't even consider it right now, after I think about how much work it already is to own a fiberglass boat. Just my two cents, interested to hear other opinions.

KSmith
09-04-2012, 06:18 PM
I think they are beautiful expensive boats which require a lot of money and upkeep����

^^^^^ Yup ^^^^^

KSmith
09-04-2012, 06:22 PM
...what do you guys think

I think you bounce from one toy idea to the next like a highly caffinated, nervous, ADD cat in room full of rockers... ;-)

ga-lsv05
09-04-2012, 06:25 PM
I think you bounce from one toy idea to the next like a highly caffinated, nervous, ADD cat in room full of rockers... ;-)

Lol. There are companies that make new wooden boats I would imagine have the same ride and feel but with new technology and less upkeep

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jester
09-04-2012, 06:27 PM
I am in the same boat. I would love to own one. Someone in my area owns one and I see it on the lake from time to time and it is beautiful. Everyone in the boat thinks I am looking at a HBB but it is a showroom Chris Craft. I mean the boat looks new inside and out. I wish mine looked that nice. Anyways It would be a full time job to keep it looking like new and something for when you retire and can no longer wakeboard/surf. Just my 2c.

jpetty3023
09-04-2012, 06:28 PM
I think you bounce from one toy idea to the next like a highly caffinated, nervous, ADD cat in room full of rockers... ;-)

Yikes!!! Bwahahaha

ga-lsv05
09-04-2012, 06:42 PM
Hmm Chris craft with 3k lbs of ballast... Awesome

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wolfeman131
09-04-2012, 07:05 PM
great place to find the one you want:

http://www.antiqueboat.com/categories/9/20-foot-runabouts.aspx

sandm
09-04-2012, 07:12 PM
I think you bounce from one toy idea to the next like a highly caffinated, nervous, ADD cat in room full of rockers... ;-)

second that, and I see the wooden boat phase lasting maybe a year and another toy that will cost you a few $$k as you sell it to pursue the next endeavour..

04OUTBACK
09-04-2012, 08:22 PM
Boatt= bust out another ten thousand :d

motosno963
09-04-2012, 10:25 PM
idk..it is on my list to own..and i found a nice chris craft for 17..thing looks brand new..and if i got the money for my boat it would pay off the one loan thats holding me back..i have 2 loans..small but together its costing me about 400$ a month..so im going to sell the bike that has the loan on her..and yall are right( i also did have ADHD as a kid )..but i also want input on these things before i drop money into them

motosno963
09-04-2012, 10:39 PM
and ill tell yall i tell my friends..if it doesnt sell by oct ill store it and redo the bent stuff on the rearend and redo the carpet and vinyl myself and make her look brand new..im not worried about it..and since my friend does lighted signs for work im going to get him to help me wire up the boat with led blue lights

jpetty3023
09-04-2012, 10:50 PM
and ill tell yall i tell my friends..if it doesnt sell by oct ill store it and redo the bent stuff on the rearend and redo the carpet and vinyl myself and make her look brand new..im not worried about it..and since my friend does lighted signs for work im going to get him to help me wire up the boat with led blue lights

IMO this is what you should do^^^^. Your budget seems to be tight and a woody gonna cost ya some coin. Save up this winter and dress your current baby up for the 2013 season. Make her the hottest chick in da club!

motosno963
09-04-2012, 11:06 PM
ill see what happens

jmvotto
09-04-2012, 11:21 PM
Save your coin,the old woodies are great hobbies but not too practical. Kinda like a 57 Chevy rebuild, not many ever hit the end of the driveway from the garage..

KSmith
09-05-2012, 08:52 AM
Save your coin,the old woodies are great hobbies but not too practical. Kinda like a 57 Chevy rebuild, not many ever hit the end of the driveway from the garage..

^^^^ Words of wisdom

kaneboats
09-05-2012, 11:05 AM
The other thing is that they are not much fun. They are more like art: great to look at but don't touch. Yes, you can take a ride but watersports are out of the question-- too messy. So, you can go for a cruise on a perfect day and then spend 4-5 hrs. cleaning her up. Save it for retirement.

sybrmike
09-05-2012, 11:29 AM
Or you could go "hybrid" - modern composite hull & mechanicals, with a wooden deck, accents, etc. I saw a factory job (can't remember mfg) on Canyon Lake years ago & there was a guy over on the Supra forums that Woodied out his Comp. Would give you a reliable platform & still have the opportunity to learn about constant wood maintenance.

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VA LSV
09-05-2012, 12:28 PM
My neighbor has a 50's wooden Chris Craft. You have to keep them wet so the wood doesn't dry out and shrink. They kept it in an floating boat house and didn't check on it over the winter and found it sunk the next spring. Sent it somewhere in New England for restoration and got it back 2 years later. Could buy several G23's for what they have in that boat but what the heck, they live on trust funds.

LakePerson1952
09-05-2012, 02:46 PM
Lol. There are companies that make new wooden boats I would imagine have the same ride and feel but with new technology and less upkeep

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A couple of times I have seen new woodies at shows - typically they have a very thin clear fibeglass coating which they say makes it maintenance free (or lower) but only time would tell - I have heard there is a problem covering wood with FB but don't know. The boats seemed to start at 50K when I first saw them 10 years ago.

I LOVE the woodies too but don't think I'd enjoy the upkeep

motosno963
09-05-2012, 04:46 PM
i have found some nice original CC woodies for about 15-30

sandm
09-05-2012, 05:31 PM
there's a huge woodie boat show in mccall up here every year. beautiful boats to look at, but that's really about all you can do with them is look at them. 95% of the owners here are hovering in mid-60's and just putt around the lake. not really sure what else you would do with one.
I guess I'd rather have a boat that you can get a family on, recreate behind, and not have to put in the time and efforts maintaining the wood. now if i was in a 7-figure income bracket, might have one as a second boat to enjoy, but otherwise, they seem like a major expense for a reminder of days gone by.

kaneboats
09-05-2012, 05:43 PM
Just like my Aunt Tutie's Model A. I've heard my whole life about how she has one but I've never seen it. Not sure she has either. It's not like they go ride around in it.

sandm
09-05-2012, 06:41 PM
maybe they do, it's just you haven't passed the "privelege test" yet :p

lsvboombox
09-05-2012, 07:41 PM
We got a hackercraft thats a few years old. Drive it like any other boat . Extremely cool boat to cruise in. Not cheap though. I'll dig up a pic

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i205/chopsuey-pics/3ECCBE82-250F-4DBA-977E-B4A0AA2A190D-8286-00000C0BA1581AA0.jpg
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i205/chopsuey-pics/182DBDA7-AC9B-44C3-9070-C540DEFF30BA-8286-00000C0BCA9BDE7F.jpg

wolfeman131
09-05-2012, 10:58 PM
Extremely cool boat to cruise in. Not cheap though.

A big YEAH on both those statements!

jmvotto
09-05-2012, 11:14 PM
We got a hackercraft thats a few years old. Drive it like any other boat . Extremely cool boat to cruise in. Not cheap though. I'll dig up a pic

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i205/chopsuey-pics/3ECCBE82-250F-4DBA-977E-B4A0AA2A190D-8286-00000C0BA1581AA0.jpg
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i205/chopsuey-pics/182DBDA7-AC9B-44C3-9070-C540DEFF30BA-8286-00000C0BCA9BDE7F.jpg

Plus one on the hacker craft.

We have a classic boat show on the water every year and all the woodies come out, great fun to watch cruising by.

kaneboats
09-06-2012, 03:05 PM
Beautiful! That's what I'd like to do-- go see a show full of woodies! Did I just type that?

wolfeman131
09-06-2012, 03:14 PM
must've been possessed by Dusty's Mom for a sec.

moombadaze
09-06-2012, 04:20 PM
Dusty's mom and woodies, do those go together or what

kaneboats
09-06-2012, 04:24 PM
Just like a hand and a glove.

moombadaze
09-06-2012, 04:27 PM
loose/stretched/worn out glove at that

ga-lsv05
09-06-2012, 04:28 PM
loose/stretched/worn out glove at that

KAPOW!

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moombadaze
09-06-2012, 04:32 PM
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i205/chopsuey-pics/3ECCBE82-250F-4DBA-977E-B4A0AA2A190D-8286-00000C0BA1581AA0.jpg
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i205/chopsuey-pics/182DBDA7-AC9B-44C3-9070-C540DEFF30BA-8286-00000C0BCA9BDE7F.jpg

that would be so much fun to have for a relaxing evening cruise around the lake. Nice.

ga-lsv05
09-06-2012, 04:34 PM
Looks like it would throw a mean wake

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motosno963
09-07-2012, 05:39 PM
theres a few like that for sale by me..at most 25-30G
http://fingerlakes.craigslist.org/boa/3244293269.html
http://fingerlakes.craigslist.org/boa/3202172603.html

New Guy
09-07-2012, 06:07 PM
Dude if you think that your current boat is expensive just wait.

c.rix
09-07-2012, 10:51 PM
you can ski behind a wood boat I have seen it in person many times on a lake in northern minnesota but I guarantee this guy that owns them has more money than 99.9 % of the people on this board put together he has something like 30 woodies I think... they ski, tube, wakeboard and fly around the lakes in them like any ski boat would

hiflyr
12-24-2012, 10:26 PM
Learned to ski behind a 57 Chris Craft Cavalier and currently own a 66 Chris Craft Super Sport 18' and Supra 24 SSV. Owning a wood boat is like owing a classic car more work but worth it. If you buy one try to get one with a new 5200 bottom.