So many boats... so little time....
A couple of days ago I was up on the third floor of our 125+ year old world headquarters (aka home). I was sliding recent issues of PassageMaker into their plastic storage sleeves. Looking over the back issues (I’ve got them all) I was drawn to those in the oldest case. To be precise I was drawn to the original concept issue and to the first PM issue published the summer of ‘96. Wow things have changed quite a bit in the last 21 years. Some prominent boat builders from those days are still with us but many are not. On the other hand builders who hardly glimmered back then today dazzle new boat owners.
The change offered to people now looking for a passage-capable boat is an explosion of options. Boats, you see, take on a life of their own. Avoiding some unusual catastrophic event, the boat often becomes a cherished possession of owner after owner. Someone may have first struggled to bring a boat into existence but it’s guardian two, three or more that brings it to its full potential. Most boats that I’ve had anything to do with are still out there cruising today often for their more recent owners to enjoy.
For the buyer that means whatever your budget, your options are more varied than ever. Yes boat shows are filled with boats sporting the latest innovations, but that’s only the start. You also have decades worth of boats just waiting to be updated, improved and cherished once again with those you love. Writing the big check for that newest boat is only one path. A boat that you can recreate: bringing it along over months, maybe years can be even more rewarding. It’s kind of like restoring our historic house (aka headquarters) built in 1891, but, not by me.
But then that’s just my opinion.