This topic today may really piss some folks off. But this is a topic being talked about. So lets talk about it. The facts are that show attendance is down despite the economy being up. And I would add, that the interest in Collectable boats is possibly up! Readership on Woody Boater is way up. Close to 300,000 unique visitors and 2 million hits a year. ACBS membership is steady and repoted at around 7000 members. . But boat shows are all down. Are they down because of all the excuses like the cost to travel, or the time it takes to participate? I argue for the sake of a debate, that its because basically they are boring to new folks and boat owners. Now don’t shoot me here. I am trying to pick a fight. I had a fantastic time at the previous shows I was at. But that’s because I refused to sit on the docks and talk reed and prince screws. Which by the way I did.. I even laughed about it. But do boat shows need to become more active? Is that the reason Sunnyland is so successful? No real judging, and all about being on the water and joking around? Should we have a limited amount of officially judged events and the smaller shows are more for fun? Or maybe it works? The formula has worked for decades? Anyway.. You know how to do the math and debate! By the way. I will be the first to say it.. SUNNYLAND IS JUST 6 months away! UGH.. I am not going to make it!
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