I am going to speak from the heart today, and maybe more transparent and long winded than I should. But you are part of this, you contribute with your comments and support and by you supporting our sponsors, that helps in its self. When we started Woody Boater back in 2007 we had no idea that in 6 years that we would be were we are today. The journey has been life changing to be honest. We have been fortunate enough to meet the most amazing kind folks on the planet earth. All this while trying to stay up to speed with web technology and publishing trends. The day to day stories are therapy for Texx and i , really, its fun and a diversion and a way to help a community with the skills we have. We don’t know how to work with wood or motors, but we are communicators and know how to get the word out. That’s our role I suppose in this play. Woody Boater today is in effect not just the portal to the culture of classic boating, with feeds from the ACBS calendar and the boat buzz, and the full gamet of reputable companies that support your passion. But because it’s open and free to anyone, one could also look at as a marketing machine for the hobby and we feel that responsibility every day. With over 2 million hits last year and this year growing at about a 25% rate, we are reaching folks that are new to the hobby and they need to know that we are happy they are here. We must remain objective and open. And that costs money now. There are expenses to doing this that are far far beyond when this was started. For example each short trip we take costs on average of $1,500 for a close one and a big one like Florida can cost close to $4,000 -$5,000 and we have several big stories like that planned this year. Web hosting this monster is close to 5K this year alone, and that is at cost from our web hosting company. Last year we sold close to 700 tshits and netted 700 bucks. T shirts are fun and should not be a profit center. Online sites are starting to become membership, or subscriber driven, we hate that and will not do it. We will back down and not do as much to keep it open. But if there is a way for each of you to contribute a small about. We can do it.
So. Why the donate button? Last year we almost broke even, almost.. It cost us close to $10,000 more than it made. With this summers demands, we need more to make it happen on a grander scale. We are trying to turn up the heat so to speak. More vidios, cool adventures and more advanced technology. Your donation helps, we are not asking for something for nothing here. It all goes back into making this all happen. You enjoy Woody Boater as much as we do, and for that we ask that if you like what you see, you help. As little as you want, or as much as you can. This is a way for us to stay open and free to those that are new to classic boating or just cheap. We are even planning something for the cheapskates by the way. More on that later. Thanks for helping. Matt