We extend to you a cordial "WELCOME ABOARD !" Come on in, make yourself at home, we are a friendly group of enthusiasts, and we also appreciate the classic Chris Craft Roamer, Corsair, and Lancer boats too , as they are all on the same family tree and share much in common ! Just start by posting a note introducing yourself to the group, that's all it takes here (we don't ask for or retain any personal information here, because our intention is to just "have fun and share information".
Some people, whether it be cars or boats, just scoff at the price of a restoration because they can go out and find a junker with paint holding the rust together for less money. They expect the restorer, whether it's a shop or an enthusiast, to give their labor away.
As a result, many of the restorations are priced so far out of reason they can't be sold, or the price is lowered down to a level where it is competitive, in which case the buyer generally gets a real deal.
For instance, look at the cost of a frame off 1957 Chevrolet, compared to one that is a survivor with a fresh coat of paint. They may generally look the same, but one will cost 10X the price of the other.
I keep thinking about the 38 Express Warren Pateman restored. You'll never find a boat that had that kind of cash and loving attention paid, and the buyer probably got the thing for 55-cents on the dollar compared to what the boat was really worth in time and cash.
Your comments about all the coordination time it takes to do a project rang true. I'm in the middle of a kitchen project right now at home, and oooohhh boy. Everyone at the local hardware store knows me by first name.