Two weeks ago, we here at WoodyBoater had a bit of a watershed moment. Extreme nastyness took over and to be transparent, I did not know quite how to stop it. There is to much anger out there. Yesterday, someone asked for a Cobra update and I swear I thought, NO WAY am I exposing myself or others to that crap. Oh, there is an update, but sadly some are looking to throw crap at it. And this brings up today’s topic?
Are we so bitter that something as soft as Woody Boater has enemies? Really? A free source of classic boat news and silliness for close to 12 years. For free. Daily. Even over Christmas and while in the hospital, hurricanes. We have yet to miss one day in close to 12 years, and people feel the need to take shots at our integrity. I wrote this to get the sadness I felt out of me and never publish it. But, it needs to be said. Because it still bothers me. I always have tried to keep this fun. But when this happened it stopped being fun. So here is my rant today.
What is driving that sort of nastyness? Anger comes from fear. Why? Well, it’s about change, and business not as usual.
Some background, not intended to be nasty, but insightful.
As Mike Green said in his long comment, “There is a small community of us that work together in restoring high quality restoration and have been doing it for a long time.” Exhibit A.
Why has the ACBS, yes, sorry, why is Woody Boater seem to call out the ACBS on things.? There is a belief that this community should be run by one entity. The ACBS is made up of that same inner circle, and THAT is what the big issue is, and you feel it when you are new to all this. It’s a natural part of the evolution of any group by the way. But what happens when new players come into the community that don’t want to play that game? Well, you are seeing it happen in real time.
Why do I do this?
I was ripped off big time when I started in this passion. By a restorer and President of a local ACBS Chapter, I trusted the ACBS and anyone that would be a head of a chapter. – Many have. Not uncommon to drop $200K on a $50K boat because you are being managed with a time and materials type of relationship. Yes that is a lot of money, A LOT! MORE than I had, or have. But you get caught, and have to make it happen or walk away. Like a trap.
So WoodyBoater is independent We are not owned by anyone, and 100% objective to those that are out there trying to bring positive change to this community. And this is why I support many good companies, many, NOT sponsors BTW.
A little on my relationship with Katzs Marina
Katz’s Marina and Woody Boater started around the same time because we both reject that inner circle concept. We support the over all community, but not that behavior. Katz’s is the only company that owns and restores there own boats with a Guarantee. When they restore a boat, they restore it for them selves first. They are the client. So it has to be done to those standards. There is zero motivation to cut corners. Its why they can guarantee the boats and why they are always slammed busy. Because they are trusted by repeat customers. Myself included. And why Seth is a friend first. We share a common value system. But zero ownership.
Over the years, many other sponsors have become friends as well. We all care for all and try and make this fun.
Woody Boater has been attacked as well. Calling us a pay to play publication. This is the one message that hits me the hardest. We do countless things for the community for free and at a cost to us. I believe in the larger community and deeply feel for the people that feel outside of that inner circle. Without a voice that outside circle would feel out, and thus not participate and keep the greater community alive.
I push, poke and support growth, not because of money or membership. Because its good for all of us. I know many want to think that there is some sort of ulterior motive in what we are doing. There isn’t. Never has been. I know to many that’s odd, why do this if not for personal goal, or money? Look in the mirror when you think that. Maybe, just maybe there are people out there that want to give back and do something good for us ALL, with the skills they can contribute, not just one group. Think about it. You think social media is free? HA! When you post on Facebook, you are helping Facebook sell ads to target you and your friends. IT’S ONE MASSIVE DATA COMPANY. YOU ARE THE CONTENT. When you do stuff for a club that isn’t giving you any value, you are helping the clubs bank account, not the over all community.
I will keep saying what I think, it may be wrong at times, and I will always be honest about that. I am a flawed human, like my boats. None are running well at anytime. Which is why I love them, and yes, deeply love this community. And please do not misunderstand me here. I like the ACBS, I like Mike Green, hell I even like Dim in an odd way. I like the diversity of it all.
Oh man, I am gonna hit PUBLISH now.