Thanks to Paul Harrison for sending us this report on the St. John’s River Cruise. PAUL NOTES: For those of you who have not done the cruise, or who have only done part of it, this fantastic video shot by Chris and Julie Bullen of Toronto really shows the spirit of the event and the participants, and to some extent the hobby, I think. He shot this when we were on the cruise last week.
Here we have a group of old boats (27) and a group (at least 60) of very fun and passionate people, out on a 4-5 day trip. Does the weather matter to them? Not really. How about water conditions? Not really. How about some dumpy hotels? Not at all. It is about people getting out on the water and having fun in their old boats as a group. It is not about judging and politics. The boats look great and the people look like they are having a great time – and we all were.
Even the guys in the deck boat had a great time – wife beaters and all! Good fellows and just out doing the same thing as the rest of us. I heard at the end of the cruise at the show that someone came up and made him an offer he could not refuse on the deck boat and he sold it – perhaps it was $100 for all I know, but that is not the point. Maybe he will come back with a real classic next year, after spending a fun week amongst all the other boats? He was made to feel welcome and part of the group on this trip, even if he had a cheap old deck boat.