As we march into Summer, it’s clear that boat shows are not for this year. Most have canceled, and I will stick my neck out here and say, ALL WILL BE CANCELED for 2020. Period. No wait and see crap. Of course that does not mean that you should try something new. Fund Raising is a huge part of a clubs life blood. And Virtual Boat Shows don’t bring in the green stuff. So here is an idea.
RIDES! yup. Hey, this is how it all started. And you could make it a cool adventure. The club could build a booth. And charge for a ride. Possibly have several club members on the weekends at the same place every weekend. Find a common location, and set it up online and promote it on social media in your area. It allows social distancing, you can make sure the folks wear masks and control them in the rear seat. And disinfect after each ride.
Lets do the math, oh god, you think I am bad at spelling. Here goes.
3 months, = 12 weekends = 24 Days to use as ride days of summer.
$25 Per ride extra people 15 bucks = $40 for two. A ride is an hour x 4 rides a day each boat lets say times 2 =8 Rides a day.
Okay 8 rides a day x 24= 192 rides. 192 rides x 40 bucks is = $7,680 Minus fuel. And Cleaner etc and I bet you could clear $5,000 for the club. And no venue stuff, no bad chicken dinner, no politics.. And this is just the start, you could offer sunset cruise for more. Breakfast cruise. Picnic.. Date night.. You can run out of gas if it helps on that one. So that is all bonus money. And the club has all summer awareness and gives members a way to help with their boats.
And thats two boats. You could have 8 boats working all day. 10 boats.
A tip! Offer a T shirt for sale. And get a credit cart thing for the booth. I found selling shirts and other stuff, taking a Credit card doubles the sales. You can get the Square set up and you are good to go.