Here at Woody Boater we decided to devote an entire week to debate some of the touchy topics that our culture deals with. Today’s topic is topic one of a week of debate topics. This specific topic is taking place behind the scenes at some boat shows. Although the boat in the end is the decider of the points. The topic is being pushed. Is it an attempt to level the playing field? Or is is going to lower the standards for the hobby? For each and every argument there is a reason why it doesn’t or does work. And what happens when the professional restorer is the owner. Either as a broker or as a just an owner? Should who owns the boat effect the award? Oh sure, we all know on a rational level that the award belongs to the boat. But like anything in judging, there is some room for subjectivity. Especially when two or three boats are restored to perfection. When you are playing for the top, sometimes the differences can be as small as one wrong bolt! Ad to that, that one boat may be a rarer or harder boat to restore and now subjective issues become at play. So should politics be part of a boat show? No really, it can be a good thing. Awarding the person could be part of it.. Maybe it has a point or two added to the award. My point is, if politics are going to be there, make them part of the point system. Call it out. Or for argument sake, Satin shows up with his boat, he just sold his baby for a can of varnish, but the boat is perfect.. Does it matter? See this isnt easy.
Lets say two owners are there with two perfect boats. One is a boat already known and the other is a new comer? Does the new comer get the award to introduce new energy into the field? Or is it about the boat and just the boat?
So why write this? Well, one, this is the place to discus this, not behind the scenes. And you can be heard here. We are all watching, reading and sharing thoughts so those making the final call can see what the Woody Boater community thinks. So speak up, be honest, don’t worry about having a strong point of view, trust me someone else will have the complete opposite feeling.