A Woody Dilemma – Buy original & restore? Buy restored? Buy an import?



A Woody Dilemma – Buy original & restore? Buy restored? Buy an import?

Given the current state of the 4sale market for our wooden classics, whether they are original or restored, at some stage woodys will start to consider importing a woody from the USA – why?
#1 reason – the price
#2 reason – the high standard of presentation
#3 reason – the volume of ‘stock’
#4 reason – readily available parts & specialty service outlets.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Today’s woody was brought to my attention by Pauline Evill & is currently listed for sale on craigslist.com. She is a  28′ 1960 Chris Craft Constellation, made with mahogany planked batten seam construction on the topsides and double planked below the waterline. In excellent condition, having been restored in 2010, which included a new a single prop 307 engine. Her condition reflects the fact that she has always been kept in a covered slip. Asking price is NZD$25,000.

3 thoughts on “A Woody Dilemma – Buy original & restore? Buy restored? Buy an import?

  1. Add to that, the problems of boats not quite fitting the footprint of a 40′ container and needing to take two slot positions (or more) because of the overhangs. Trucking and local fees ex inland USA, East coast USA (and anywhere else) can be eye watering. You will probably have to have a cradle built to secure the boats in transit.

    Add all these inland costs to the purchase price, and allow 5% duty for NZ Customs, add on that big chunk of freight, and then hand over another 15% of that total (Incl the duty) for GST.

    Say goodbye to your $25,000 bargain.

    For all that, it can still work out cheaper than having a new one built here, assuming that is even possible.Plenty have done it,

    But I also met a lot of people (usually well meaning dreamers) who saw the $25000 bargain, didn’t do some realistic homework, didn’t believe the numbers that kept coming up, and got badly burnt in the process.


  2. This has happened before AH, we had a rash of Grand Banks early (pre72) timber -mahogany launches come in in the late eighties early nineties as no one was interested in timber boats in the US. Wooden Boat magazine was still building momentum and Kiwis seeing a GB36 for around US$38000 were getting exited with twin Ford Lehmans and air con -all wired for 110V though. The price you pay in the states is not the price it owes you steaming past Bean Rock though….and shipping Long Beach to Auckland up to 40′ was just under NZ$10000 then, not now.


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