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Old guys were young once too

March 31 2015 at 7:30 PM
Don  (Login sealyon)

Response to Not many young people going to be contenders for the Sea Lyon that is now for sale

Hi Paul and thanks for riding in my Sea Lyon with us. I hope you enjoyed it and was hoping you might send some of the pictures you took. I am enjoying my first time on your website and as you know I also have an XK-19 so this should be fun for me.
In your discussion of "Old Guys", well at 62 I guess I am one. And many people are concerned about the future of the wooden boat hobby due to the entry costs. It is a valid concern, and I think the ACBS was smart to approve 25 year old glass boats for attendance at premier events for judging. I am looking forward to seeing more and more classic glass at our shows. I know you took pictures and did a great article that included my XK-19 at Sunnyland last year and I think that may have helped the voting on getting glass approved with the ACBS.

I am far from a blue blood guy and I want to encourage everyone to save for and acquire the boat of their dreams. When I find something in life that I really want, I get a model or photo of it and place somewhere where I see it frequently and start saving to buy one. I have a buddy that just bought his first wooden boat; a 1948 Chris Craft special for $400. He is working actively to bring it back to glory. So, not everyone needs to start with a 28' triple cockpit runabout. I am hoping that we will see lots of glass boats at all the shows and a whole new generation of boat lovers. Who knows, some of them may decide to adopt a woodie too.

Thanks for all you do to promote the XK's and Commanders! I took Mike and Helen out in mine yesterday so he could drive it and he is excited to buy one soon!

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