As most of you who read this will be more "car folks" than "boat folks", we should begin this journey with some comparisons. Vintage boats are a scarce commodity, among the rarest American collectibles. Yet, when looking at vintage photos of manufacturing facilities at the Chris-Craft factory in Algonac, Mich., or the Gar Wood plant in Marysville, Mich., we see a “production line" and think boats were manufactured essentially like automobiles. The numbers just don't bear that out, as you’ll see.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2016/09/15/classic-boats-vs-classic-cars