One of the interesting things about running Woody Boater is we hear most everything going on in the passion. One can start building a idea of whats happening, or going to happen by putting together lots, and lots of different conversations. We are seeing a common trend though that may help folks if only they realized that they, WE are part of something bigger.
A small part of our classic boat community are out for themselves and not seeing the bigger picture. Tearing down others, and not supporting those that support you. OK, maybe a bit harsh, but it does make you want to read on. So what are we saying.? Well, you are part of an amazing culture, but it needs you to support the companies and folks that make it happen. We are talking about all over the place not just Woody Boater sponsors BTW. Look around at the shows you go to, see what companies are there making the event great.
What about the magazines you read? Who are the advertisers? Support them first, they pay for the magazines to be published. Note, I am not just going on about Woody Boater sponsors. Any company that is out there deserves your support. Especially if they are local. How screwed would you be if that restorer in your area went out of business? If you are going to call a restoration guy or broker and pick them for info and then not use them. Shame on you. That knowledge has value. If a boat is listed on a brokers site, quit trying to sneak around and buy direct from the owner, and if you are a seller, don’t sell it direct if its listed. If you are a broker and list others boats that you are not contacted to do so, stop! You are just confusing buyers. It’s sleazy, you not only ruin your reputation, but the entire cultures, and its proven that buys don’t buy.
If you are in a club, ACBS, CCABC Century Club etc and have sponsors, for gods sake use them. It’s just good business. We know of cases where major gold sponsors of some of these clubs are not supported. Have you lost your mind? Guess what happens. The sponsor leaves, the club dies and thus the sponsors company dies and we are all screwed. And we ain’t talking reed and prince screwed. So one sponsor is a little more than a non supporter? So what. Quick being cheap and think of the larger picture. We ALL need each other. The same for all the clubs and publications.
If your not in a club,? We NEED the ACBS to be a governing body, to have a system in place to have events and gatherings and boring long winded board meetings. We NEED the Chris Craft Antique Boat Club. Otherwise how would you find out whats the right screw for your pre war racer you just found in a barn with dry wall screws in it? We NEED Classic Boating Magazine, those guys have done a fantastic job for decades and are on Magazine racks and coffee tables everywhere. WE NEED THAT. We NEED Fiberglass fun boats, we need to show the planet that we are about fun on the water and that cool is not a building material. Fiberglass and Aluminum boats are the gateway into the culture that we all need to grow . We all work together to support a passion that could disappear. So support the folks that support you.
The passion, culture, whatever we call it is small. Very small. Having support encourages growth, encourages folks starting business, making reproduction parts, figuring out ways to make better restorations. To invest. You, the person reading this today are the key. Your choice of insurance, broker, parts suppler, paint, varnish are the simple thing you can do. Really! If we can all support each other, the community will flourish.