Last week on Woody Boater we featured three days of Pumpkin party fun. I realized that three days of coverage on one boat might bore some folks, but what I did not expect was some backlash on featuring some plastic! Then of course a small argument broke out in the comment section…to my glee by the way. I love a good rant, it’s all good since it’s driven by passion and the joy of boating. For the record, I think everyone was secretly laughing with each other over it. BUT.. It did make me think, we are called Woody Boater, and we preach the wonders of mahogany, and detest any of the new plastic crap out on the water today. A couple years back we even entertained changing our name to Classic Boater. BUT.. We felt that Woody Boater was far more than wood, it is about boats that give us joy. They give back to our spirit, in a sense, they are cool. I didn’t grow up in the 1930’s yet I love a good triple? Barrel back? Maybe it’s not about years, or manufacturers. maybe its about great timeless design, great thought and engineering? Maybe its about appreciating the craft that certain companies contribute to the world. Maybe it’s more about the lack of imagination in today’s design of boats? They all look the same and are over priced and boring as dish water.
So whats the big deal about Pumpkin? The name Woody Boater is more about a way of life, more fun than about a time period of boats. Just because a boat is made of wood doesn’t mean anything either. There are tons of boring boats made from wood. TONS! We don’t feature those?
Pumpkin is far far more than just what the boat is made of, in fact if you really think about it, she is the most impracticable boat out there. Really..a 454 with a jet drive? YOU BET! She embodies the spirit of a good pal who embodied EVERYTHING woody boater is about. Fun, Water and Friends on a cool boat that evokes an emotion. So I ask, is it just me? Am I just part of a transitional generation that lives in both times? Should we be just about Wood? Should we be literal about our name? Speak up! Be honest, the feedback is great!