If you have been following the news and tech world, Robots are coming and are the next wave of disruption to our desire for things to stay the same. If you think I am nuts, many of the stories you read on social media are written buy robots. Yup! It’s not just in manufacturing or other jobs. Now, we could go into the weeds about how jobs will be lost, and others gained. But who cares here. But what we do care about is our wonderful classic boats. And being the type of person that loves the history of it all and preserving all the pain with the pleasure. Will robots really find there way into our little passion? Well, they already have.
The guys at Wooden Runabout Co, have been using technology/robots for some time now, replicating the perfect cut of wood, and thus making it possible to make repairs or even entire boats with more efficiency and accuracy.
Now hold on “Mr I want the imperfection” of yada yada. This is no different than the factory did it. Only it was some group of guys that just cranked out cut boards. Each board was marked and cataloged and then put together. So whats different about that? Nothing.
And lets take it further. Just for the sake of poking the comment bear. Why not a robot that can find and detect weak frames before the bottom is removed? What about a robot that can be plugged into your flathead and read out stuff. A robot that adjusts the humidity in your barn? What about a robot that writes Woody Boater stories daily….. Oh, wait one dam second. Maybe I am a robot and don’t know it? Oh crap. But would I know it if I was a robot? Am I a robot?