We all talk about saving boats, and going to local barns and digging trough the goodies. We also go on and on about young kids and keeping them interested in wood boats. But do we ever talk about the importance of your local Marina? No. In fact sometimes we get sent email bitch sessions about the very people that make this passion able to be a passion. ugh!
And trust us here, no one is making big money to make it worth it. Many of the local marinas are in it for the same reason you are. Because they love it. And guess what, your boat is a box of wood and metal without the support of folks in the culture that keep you going.
Years ago, many small lakes and river areas had very robust clubs. But as time marched on, marinas went out of business, and classic boats became harder and harder to maintain. So, slowly but surely, the classic boat passion would die out on that lake or river. 20 years ago,
For example Greenwood Lake in NY just 45 minutes from Lake Hopatcong, had a very strong community of classic boaters, now Lake Hopatcong is the larger group. One reason is the on going support system that Wayne Mocksfield started,
So the point here is, if you are thinking of buying a small local marina in your favorite area. Do it, and make it for classic boats. Have a small local marina in your area that you like. Go to the owner and tell him he has work from many of you if he..or she.. hires some folks that get classic boats. In other words, You need the marinas, and they need you. Know that when you support them, even for some stuff you can do, you are supporting and help preserve more than just your boat, you may just be preserving an entire community!