So in my never ending ebay stalking I clicked on one my search terms. “Classic Boats” And look what comes up as the first three samples. That’s right. Pontoon boats. WTF? I knew this would happen. It all started with that seemingly dumb over-site on the Brass Bell cover and now that infection has gone to an algorithm on Ebay. Next when you google classic boats, pontoon boats will be there and then, guess what. Its over. The term Classic boats will no longer define us. Poof, like many other terms that meant one thing back in the day and now take on a new meaning. And there is NO WAY IN HELL, I will be defined or labeled in the same breath as a dam beer can of a pontoon boat. Nope, not gonna do it.
Does this effect the ACBS? Does it now stand for The Antique And Pontoon Boat Society? It does now. And I am sure Paul will chime in here with some multi syllable words expouting how accepting pontoon boats is welcoming. And then the Classic Boat Apocalypse will have officially happened. The slippery slope of a definition will have run the term Classic Boats into the cesspool of ordinariness. See I can use multi syllable words as well. I cant spell them, but that’s just a detail.
So whats the solution? Well, the term classic is a timeless word defining anything that has stood through the chasm of flashy fads. So term is timeless and stands for certain things that have aged well. And to be fair, pontoon boats have started to do that. But it now competes with our passion in a sense. Are they in there? When you now say I am a classic boater, you are in a sense saying cool speed boats, yes, not trawlers, rowboats and most assuredly not pontoon boats. Is it time for a new term?
HELL YA! may we recommend the term.. Woody Boater! And so my world domination plan now starts to take shape. We now have an app, hats, shirts, FLAG, and one day. THE WORLD! The the water parts, and places that like boat houses.. With old family restaurants and bars. Just that part. And to think this all started with the Antique and Pontoon Boat Society dropping us!