A couple years ago I purchased the entire collection of Classic Boating magazine.. Mixed in with the issues were some old Brass Bells, Rudders and other magazines that started and then stopped for what ever reason. Last month I took them to our river home since I don’t read them while at work. And there is no web at our river home .. So its a great place to sit back and flip through the years of classic boating that I missed due to the fact that I had not yet been enlighten to the wonderful world of Antique & Classic Boats. I was buried knee deep in Porsche parts with the occasional Corvair Spyder.. Don’t laugh.. my Spyder could eat a Porsche for lunch.. until I had to turn a corner or stop, or turn on the heat.. Or look cool… Anyway, I digress into a world of air cooled hell.. I have been reading my back issues of Classic Boating, and you know what.. Dang gumit! that’s a great magazine.. And man oh man do I feel like an idiot. Here I am sometimes thinking that we are bringing you new stuff here on Woody Boater.. HA.. We are just reporting on stuff that is 10 years old.. Just discovering boats and people ( Thinner back then and more hair BTW) that have been in many issues of Classic Boating. In a sense we seem to be re telling many of the same stories only now on the web. Boats that I am looking at today to buy are in there being restored , sold, bought and sold again.. But while reading the back issues.. I could not help but notice that the tone of Classic Boating is..great.. They are 100% focused on boats and making sure they are accurate as can be..Like a collection of books.. There was a wonderful story on not taking all advertisers because of reader complaints.. Dang, standards… they got it, get it, and embody the spirit of the hobby. heck, they are in a huge part responsible for the hobby.. While reading a great interview with Dick Clarke of Sierra Boats.. They gave him credit for saving the hobby… making it a hobby.. But I noticed that reporting on the world of wood boats is in fact on of the key ingredients of making a hobby.. If a person restores a boat and no one see’s it.. it only helps one person, if the world see’s it. We are all better off because of that, we get inspired and found resources to do that restoration, or just keep the old gal going.. . They also printed posters, books, all sorts of cool stuff. The design is timeless and never gets in the way of the boats. It’s odd to look at an ad for something and no web address, just a PO box.. dear god, no instant gratification, that’s for sure.. But it’s all there.. And still is.. Now with web addresses on the ads.. The fact that they have stayed true to who they are, and ignored the web is kinda cool as well, and in keeping with the traditional mind set of the hobby.. After all, we all like things the way they were. Here I am typing this stuff and all along in a way taking some of the magic out of the hobby.. There was something special about seeing a boat in a magazine, and letting your imagination do the rest.. But time marches on.. Now if I could only figure out how to renew my subscription.. Where are those 20 cent stamps anyway.. What.. Stamps are 40 cents.. what the? when did that happen????
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