A collection of Beautiful Classic Boats, Yachts, Vintage River Boats, and Collectable Broads Cruisers
Classic & Vintage Boats are specialists in the restoration, preservation, sourcing, and sales of vintage, antique and classic wooden boats and yachts
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Owning a Classic Boat or Yacht
If you have a passion for beautiful boats, you will appreciate sailing a wooden boat is one of the most pleasurable, satisfying feelings in the world. The admiring glances from bystanders will fill you with pride, especially if your boat has been restored to its former glory. The passion that you feel for your wooden craft is something that a modern boat can never compete with. Wood and varnish on water is the perfect marriage of man and nature.
The most cost effective way to own an vintage boat is to buy a well cared for and restored craft where its history and craftmanship is fully documented throughout the years.
For the inexperienced vintage boat investor, however, the problem is knowing where to to find top quality boats. We are seasoned professionals, with vast experience of rebuilding and restoring, and our team of experts will can give you insights that will save you hours, money, and frustration while ensuring you get the classic vintage boat to match your requirements and desires.
"A Classic Vintage Wooden Boat is a thing of beauty and a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness"
WHY BUY A CLASSIC BOAT ? WOOD v GRP
The significant difference between a classic wooden boat, and a modern day fiberglass (GRP) boat is the design shape of the hull, and the sailing or motoring characteristics. The boats of historical significance designed and built from the late 19th century through the mid 20th century were known for their sailing ability, ascetic beauty, craftsmanship, construction methods, and design innovation. They were designed to move through the water quickly, efficiently, and gracefully. The vast majority of modern day fiberglass production boats are designed to maximize interior space, with little regard to sailing or motoring ability.
The great myth: “wooden boats require more maintenance”. Classic wooden boats, like all boats fall into one of three categories of condition: like new, needs work, and project. The comparison for this discussion is the category of "like new". Specifically, wooden boats vs. fiberglass (GRP)boats.
All boats require a certain amount of maintenance to the hull. There is no difference with regard to the need for painting the bottom of a fiberglass or a wooden boat. Painting the hull of a wooden boat is not done any more often than the need to clean and wax a fiberglass hull to remove oxidation.
The deck area of a wooden boat typically has more bright work to be maintained than a fiberglass boat. The bright work maintenance schedule is based on the protection from UV rays, and the product used to finish the bright work. Specifically, varnish vs. a product that withstands the effect of UV rays. At the same time, the deck of a fiberglass boat will oxidize if left uncovered, and not protected from the effects of UV rays. The answer for reducing the maintenance for the deck area for both types of boats is using a boat cover. Covered moorage is also an option for protection from UV rays for power boats, where available.
In today’s boat market, it is still substantially less expensive to buy a classic wooden boat, than a fiberglass production boat. This includes buying a larger classic wooden boat to be able to obtain the interior space of a modern fiberglass production boat. The only added cost is the potential increased cost of moorage, which is a non-item when considering the difference in the purchase price. Today you will get a substantially bigger classic wooden boat for the price of a GRP boat.
Most individuals have come to understand the desire to buy classic older homes that have been restored with modern amenities. The same can be said for the popularity of classic cars. Both these homes, and these cars have dramatically increased in value, as the demand has increased. Classic Wooden Boat in good condition are also increasing is value as they become collectable and difficult to find.
Classic wooden boats have long been a part of sailing heritage. Like all things, the value of classic wooden yachts is driven by market demand. The West Coast of the United States, and European countries such as Italy, France, and the UK are now driving the market for classic wooden boats. Some of the best boat restoration done world-wide is now taking place in these geographical regions. At the same time, the demand to own restored classic wooden boats has increased substantially along with their value.
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We only sell classic boats and yachts that we know. If we are unable to satisfy ourselves about the history of a boat and guarantee that the work and restoration carried out has been done satisfactorily and to the highest standard, then we will not sell it.
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