From time to time, we get comments that are far more than just a comment trail. They are ideas that improve the way we see things and open up new channels for the hobby, lifestyle to improve on its self. The comment was in regard to the Michigan chapter getting together to help put on a bottom prep job. You can read that short story below this story. Don Danenberg’s comment stopped many of us in our tracks. It made so much sense that you could feel guys all over the woody boater universe..”Hey that’s a great idea” Here is the comment. Another cool thing about this comment is that it’s a fantastic idea for the ACBS to use as a value proposition for joining. Lets make this happen…
Comment from Don Danenberg
“This is the truly fun stuff.
Every chapter should organize local groups who might work together like this.
When I get calls from people who just attended their first wooden boat show, and want to buy a classic, I tell them;
First, join the ACBS and a local chapter, and find out how many chapter members are nearby you. Get to know them and their boats before you buy the first pretty boat you come across. Get to know what model will suit your needs best.
Imagine pooling the knowledge, research, and tools and how that would lessen the expenses on all aspects. Group material orders severly lowers the costs of those.
Buying mahogany in 1,000 bd/ft bunks (4-5 boats) lowers that cost by 30-40%. If everybody is in the same area, then they all split one shipping charge.
Buying bronze screws and bolts by the 5,000 quantity does the same. Bedding compounds, paints and sealers, etc., etc.
You could meet to work on Joe and Bob’s boat every Saturday for a year (better than Poker), while riding in Fred, Tom, and Chuck’s boats in the summer. When these boats are done, you work on the others.
Everybody doesn’t have to buy that bandsaw (that only gets used for that boat), that big router or grinder, the real clutched-screwgun, etc.
Everybody gets to learn and share research.”