Yesterday I was over at Tiffany Yachts talking with the guys. A great place by the way, and the custom work they do is so over the top it’s not even funny. Anyway, Taylor Cockrell came around the corner with another guy who kinda looked familiar. I was re-introduced and it all came flooding back. My first time I fell in love with classic boats. it wasn’t at some boat show or website. It was a simple day on the water in our new Boston Whaler. This little wood Whirlwind went whipping by and my jaw dropped. To be honest I hadn’t even considered a woody boat as an option to go boating with. I was so out of it, it just never occurred to me. We lived on a small creek, so I got to see Dave run around just a few more times, and it really stuck with me.
This is about 14 years ago. Sure i had build a wood Sunfish, but this was different. I will say though, if I had seen more boats, or if they had been all over the internet like now my time diving in would have been so much faster. But what hit me yesterday was that a boat show, or joining a club is so far down the “I gotta have one of those things” decision trail, that I thought..mmmmm What is the number one thing you could do to spread the gospel of the classic boat culture.. And it hit me.. Simple. GO WOODY BOATING! Get that boat all slicked up and go, go alot, share a lot, talk a lot, what ever do a lot with your classic boat, do more a lots! It’s simple really to make it happen, JUST ADD WATER!