Last month while at the amazing Lake Dora Sunnyland Festival, a group of us experienced the future, and it was fantastic. We all gathered at the Palm Gardens on the Dead River, a slow 30 minute ride from Lake Dora through the Dora Canal and across Lake Eustis. Now, as you have seen and now see, the Palm gardens aint exactly the fancy nice place you might think the future would happen. But it did. We all showed up spontaneously and took over the place. There must have been around 25 of us there and each one of us would not have wanted to be anywhere else in the world at that time. It was PERFECT. Food, suds, friends, loved ones and boats. The coolest part is that it was about being together, the boats brought us together, vs we were there for the boats. There is a difference. Subtle, but different.
So how might this effect your ACBS Chapter or specific location you live at? Do you have a bar, or resturant on the water you can start meeting at on a regular schedule. Like every other Saturday , and just meet up. Sure it will start small, but slowly over time more and more will show up because they know its when others show up. And then folks at the place will see that this is a cool thing and want to get a cool classic boat.
Many local chapters already do some of this. But make it less formal and more of a “we will be hanging out for a burger on Saturday” type thing. I know that this is the way many local chapters started back in the day. Maybe we need to start it all over again, for new folks.