You’re thinking, OK, Woody Boater, I thought the serial killer thing was a stretch, but really? Your marriage? Yup! So, let’s start here. You are for sure a person that loves old stuff, aaaand we know that there is no way in hell that you just have a boat by now. You have collected stuff for years. As fellow Woody Boater Bruce Bildsten says, you are an incurable “Curator”. You have a need to save everything tha’ts cool. OK, are we all nodding? It’s like I am in your sick head. OK, now, it started with models, maybe cars, bikes, stuff like that. Only all those things are not what a spouse wants to compete with. You and your car buddies, or “he’s out washing that dam car all the time” Or he loves that motorcycle more than me” And yes we must all admit that there are a ton of divorces over cars being loved more than people. BUT, and this is the magic of classic boating.
Ready. Your spouse loves being on a boat! Thats it. Its a passion that is a win win. While you are on the boat, you are into the engine noise, the smells, the power, the finish, design, history all of it. And they, your spouse, is into the sun, water, and excitement of boating. See! It’s really not all that complex.
Want to work in the garage all winter? its OK because you are getting “our” boat ready for “our” fun time. Name the boat after them. Go to fun events that are more than shows. OK, avoid shows. That’s your time. If you do go and she or he is going along. Ignore the boats and go boating, eat with the gang and have fun with others with there spouses. See, it’s simple. Its not about joining clubs, or groups with your spouse, its about sharing the fun part of your boat, the actual using of it!