If you have been following the drama playing out on the Boat Buzz earlier last week, you have been enjoying this years Golden Pond on line spewing of meaningless rants from a small yet very vocal minority. It’s entertaining until you realize that there are humans involved and most importantly, folks that give a mountain of effort for nothing. And in some cases, give more than time. I fell into this trap with the ACBS years ago when Woody Boater started, I was just dumb.. I am still dumb, just now it is that I know how things work. These days I am grateful, not bitter.. The Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club has been plowing along for the last 5 years since Wilson handed it to new folks, growing at a very nice clip, it’s also done a fantastic.. wait.. amazing job of doing the impossible.. Converting to an online resource. It’s a massive undertaking. And yet, it’s been done..beautifully.. And at a yearly dues rate of $35 a year.. Which includes 4 issues of the amazing Award Winning Brass Bell, an online archive, and countless other resources. All along… Knowing that the income to cost ratio is impossible to sustain.. But.. During a tough economy do you raise dues? With many of the members being folks that don’t want to spend one cent more on a cup of coffee bitching about 35 bucks, do you make the move to pay for all the benefits? Well, the business answer is yes.. The kind choice was no.. Grow the club and it will all work out.. Well.. Enter a glitch.. No content for the bell, delays production, that leads to a bad printer error, so the job is pulled and delayed.. Trying to save money has it’s high risk pitfalls… The issues don’t go out, and guess what, renewal orders don’t go out.. Then a choice to save money and hold the issue and ship two issues … Thus delaying renewals, ticking off advertisers and ya got yourself a bit of a spiral train wreck.. The margins are to tight for any problems.
So, that is where things sit.. Right? No not really.. Things are not what they look like on the surface. Hard work has been done to improve things.. Things have also been under way at the ACBS, New Board members that are eager to make some important changes. To move forward.. A fresh new designed Rudder is out on your Coffee table as we speak. They have a new Web site, and a consistent email campaign. You can do things now on the ACBS web site that make life much much easier. These are exciting times for all of us. The passion of Woody Boating can not grow and thrive if its fractured any more. Yet it can’t grow if it’s only one element fueling it. It needs all these organizations to succeed….. “We” need all of us to work together. So starting in 2012 that is going to be our focus here at Woody Boater. To be part of the binding agent for all that is good in the hobby. Just part of the epoxy.
Woody Boater and the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club.. It’s more digital, its got Brass Bells in a more robust state, and a new web site and forum design. All underway, actually designed and ready to go. The issue all comes back to money and the $35 a year rate.. It had to change in order to move forward.. Squawk all you want.. The dues will have to increase… Try and find a better value.. You can’t, everything is higher and not delivering a better product. This way you can get a better more reliable product and service, and things can continue..
Woody Boater and the ACBS.. Yes! We will be creating a special place for the ACBS on Woody Boater…We plan on working very closely with them to provide daily updates for what is one of the best event organizations in the country.
Woody Boater for 2012 is also going to be working with the Chris – Craft Collection at the Mariners Museum , in fact the entire left hand column of Woody Boater is going to be devoted to all three organizations. These are the tri fecta of what is important to all of us. Grow the lifestyle of Classic Woody Boating. The ACBS the governing body that sets standards and rules and works with a network of local organizations to promote and preserve our lifestyle with amazing live events and seminars, the Chris – Craft Antique Boat Club to be a resource for the largest boat marque in the world, and Museums that preserve the history that we all cherish and need.
Woody Boater is proud to help in any way we can. Providing a daily source of information and news for the all of us regardless of dues, or location. An open source for all that positive regarding our lifestyle… bad spelling and all.. hey, it’s free , you get what you paid for….