Here at Woody Boater we have had a hand at the judging thing, and for me personally after one try, I tapped out. To intense for me. Texx, and Mike Mayer, Brian Robinson, and others actually went as far as being a judge at lake Tahoe, and I salute them for that! There was a fun comment a couple weeks ago from “Mark”, “What do you do when you aren’t happy with a youth judge score”?
It unleashed in my mind crying kids, a grown man who would now have to go to anger management classes, and a whole lotta issues. It also dawned on us here that being judged is always tough, and more importantly, being a judge is hard as well. There are countless things to consider on both parts, and if you don’t think politics don’t play a part in it, you are fooling yourself. As my father used to tell me, Everything is politics, its just that there is the good type and bad type.
First, lets explore being a Judge. One, you are Volunteering your time. No going out on the boat having fun, you are knee deep in someones pride and joy and invading there time and passion. You also are dealing with someone who in there heart believes they have done everything right. And you are about to crap on there dream. Even if you are right. Politics are there. See my point. Now multiply that by 30 boats in one day, and it can get a bit crazy. Things like one screw off, can indicate a loss, vs someone who has taken a boat to the extreme. What ever that is.
Still using canvas between the bottom planks. And lets say you have a flawless 17 Runabout, and there is a flawless rare special Racer. The racer will win, because it just stands out and is something new to see. Or looses to make a point. There is emotion in being a judge, Pride, Fear, And trying your best to be Fair. We are blessed to have many great judges out there should understand when we are having our boats judged, that these Judges are also our friends.
Being Judged. I have had one boat judged. And the reason why was because I wanted to know what was wrong, not try and win something. And I didn’t win. I had spent over $150K on a restoration and wanted to make sure I did it right. I hadn’t. But I think I went into it with the right mindset. Because I was not disappointed, I love to learn from my mistakes in things like this.
If you are easily frustrated by being judged and having people judge you, don’t have your boat judged. Or enter the boat in other areas, like Peoples Choice or farthest traveled, or stuff like that. I am not saying don’t have your boat judged here. Just come into in in the right way and everyone will be a winner, you, and the judge. You will also find if you approach things that way, the judges will tell you everything and be open to a dialog. Like, that fishing box is from the factory!
OK, therapy session is over. Can we all have a hug now. Got any Judged, or Being judge stories? Do your math and comment away! maybe it will help make our shows even more fun. If that can even be possible!