I looked high and low for a definition of what constitutes “an antique boat.” There doesn't appear to be one however, it appears that any wooden hulled boat is considered an antique. But, I grew up with wooden hulled boats. I spent many hours scraping barnacles, cleaning and re-caulking seams, and painting them.
Okay, the Antique Automobile Club (shouldn't they be an “Association” instead of a “Club”) and the Classic Car Association (shouldn't they be a “Club” instead of an “Association) – think about it – can't be the official arbiters of what is an antique. With this hopeful thought, I checked my state Department of Motor vehicles for an official ruling. California says it's anything built at least 39 years ago. Hell, that's worse. In desperation, I began looking at other states (What does California know – they can't get anything right):
- Alaska & Montana: 30 years
- New York: 25 years
- Maryland: 20 years
Come on everybody, these are antiques. Just look at them.