From time to time its a great idea to step back from the internal politics of the classic boat community and see it from a birds eye view. It’s actually quite interesting when you do that, and puts so much in perspective and explains when there are issues and or needs. I will attempt in a way to define the space as we see it here at WoodyBoater and we know this may not really be agreeable to some. But is what it is.
History – The Antique Boat Museum, Authors, The Chris Craft Antique Boat Club, Archives, Century Club, Mariners Museum
Support – Various part manufactures, retailers like Jim Staib, VanNess Engineering, And a long list of like larger boat places like , Katz’s Marina, Freedom Boat Service, Sierra Boat Co. Antique Boat Center, Hagerty Marine Insurance, Local ACBS clubs
Culture – This is an area that is not being addressed well or in a focused way. We try at WoodyBoater, Instagram is a good place. Hash tags to follow are #Classicboats #woodboat #chriscraft #woodyboater #Lakelife @lakehopatcongphotos @bobKays1 These are more culture based and not trying to sell you crap.
Leadership – The ACBS, Hagerty Marine Insurance, The Antique Boat Museum
Restoration – The list is huge, if they are on WoodyBoater we recommend them. They support you, they have high standards and are fair to work with.
Sales, Katz’s Marina, Freedom Boat Service, Sierra Boat Co, Mitch LaPointe, Hacker-Craft, Gar Wood, eBay
Community – The Chris Craft Club Antique Boat Buzz, Woody Boater, Local ACBS clubs,
Standards – ACBS, The Antique Boat Museum, The Mariners Museum, Lake Tahoe Judges, ACBS Judges.
Marketing – This is marketing designed to promote the community. WoodyBoater, Hagerty, sadly we don’t see others out there promoting the culture. This is an issue that needs to be adressed in a unified way. Like Discover Boating, we need a unified message out there to push.
Events – ACBS, this is the local ACBS true strength, The Society in our world, The Antique Boat Museum in Clayton puts on a real event weekly during the summer.
News – Woodyboater, and a bazillion Facebook pages.
Now some of you may be wondering why we are not doing a huge laundry list of places. It’s simple. i will mess it up and forget someone and they will be upset and all because I am an idiot and just trying to explain the larger picture of things.