Wow wow wow! What a fun time. I had to check out to get the boatress early before dinner, but for the record it was a jammed packed day of fun and eye opening moments. And great to see folks that we know online everyday! Jim Evens came in from Detroit and Jim Staib from Fine Wood Boats made the long drive. Al Benton, and John Rothert were wonderful hosts.. Woody Gal, Clif Aimes, Jimmy Scott, heck all the gang was all right there.. New pals as well, folks that are local and just never connected it all.
The staff at the Library is the big draw here.. They have been with this stuff for a long time. And this is the best place for this stuff. Its an actual library.. And you get to walk through an entire building of co eds to get there.. We looked like a lost band fathers and grandfathers walking around.. But once in the library it was all boats stuff.. To touch and see.. snnniffff the actual drawings and notes for your boat is amazing.. Small penciled in notes still in pencil say it all.. The coolest stuff is the stuff you dont think of.. Like I found out they were planning an optional hard top on my boat..
The party ended around noon, we went off to a lunch in the snack bar.. Sat around and caught up on some stuff and then into the museum.. I can say this for sure.. if you are into boats.. Dear god! And if you are into the Civil War and the Monitor and Merimac..Iron clads.. What in the heck are doing tomorrow. Take off work, sell your kids.. That alone is worth the trip from California. The Monitor Center is a World Class Serious Big Deal. The small boats are just that, and the usual ship models .. which are amazing.. But the civil war deal is amazing! Now.. I was not permited to take any pictures so, you have to to there web site.. The one shot i got.. was fun.. shhh dont tell them.. It said boat buzz though!