One of the coolest parts of doing Woody Boater is getting to know so many folks, and getting to know restorers and the other great folks that serve and support our community. Its incredible what I hear, and never report. Mostly because most of it is gossip and negative crap. But there is a theme to most of it. Usually some rancid complaint about a supplier, sales process or restoration. But you rarely hear the other side of it all. Why? because the customer is always right. RIGHT? WRONG!
We are in a passion that to be honest is terrifying to a new person coming into it. Hell, the largest image issue we all share is that these boats are a never ending maintenance issue. And in some respect we are all guilty of perpetuation that. But, once someone has decided to get into it, fear of the unknown, by those that know can be terrifying and make you feel helpless. How is this or that guy going to rip me off? Am I being stupid doing something this or that way? BTW, it doesn’t add to it when your partner/spouse is rolling their eyes at you while taking the leap into the unknown vat of varnish.
Here are some tips on how to get the best advice and service from all in the passion.
BE NICE. I have long thought that no one goes into this as a business trying to get rich, or in some sort of clever way to rip folks off. It just isnt the case. The situation may be the case. For example in my case, I told the guy when I started to do it all. Frames and all. I got cleaned out. Who is to blame? Me? Him? The Hobby? Folks tried to tell me, but I thought I knew what I was doing. Which leads to the next revelation.
I DON’T KNOW SHIP, you know it, they know it, hell, I know enough to know I know it about myself. The best way to work with someone is to find someone that respects you. This goes for both parties.
THINK HOW YOU WOULD FEEL. – When a mistake wrong color bottom, or bad news happens. Like all your frames are rotten. Take a breath and think how you might feel if you made the mistake or had to deliver the news. Know that on the other side of the call is a person doing this because its their passion and well. Ship Happens.
In almost every case of some of the horror stories, the back story is just has horrific. So, today as you are getting your boat ready to be worked on, or looking to have a broker sell your boat, be honest with yourself. Do you have the money to pay the person? Are you going into this with an open mind? Has the company provided a strong estimate. Yes, you can get a fixed price bottom price, yes there are folks out there that are worth traveling across the country for. Or just click on one of the many banners here. All these folks are good, trusted and best of all. Human! Lets rise above all the politics today and treat each other like…well.. humans!