I was doing some think’n yesterday and thought, mmm what is different now about classic boating? It feels different. And it hit me. We have talked about the need to preserve the history of our boats before. Talked about the transition of owners. In a sense, a second generation to take on the task, and now there is a third generation emerging. Yes I know from an age stand point, it’s probably more generations. But here is my logic, and it’s more of a generational mind set than age. So, I did some mesearch ( When you do your own thinking) and I broke it down and created names for the generations.
The Originals. This is the generation that had these boats new. They were just boats, and at some point became old boats, that need way to much work. And because they were just boats, were treated as you would an old plastic tub. Think 1985 Anything. Yup. Not cool.
The Preservationists. This group came about the 1970’s and 1980’s This is the part of the group of originals that wanted to keep some of their past alive. They remembered the good part of their boat love. And started clubs and organizations. Classic Boating Magazine, ACBS, and the start of boat shops, become restorers. This group was launched into the public eye with the film On Golden Pond, which is why those boats are so valuable.
The Artists. This group started to really step up around 10 years ago, but has hit the tipping point now as we discussed. This group, cares less about the preservation of a memory, and is more about the design, and texture, and history of it all. They like age, patina, and flaws. We are now in a time where perfection is so normal, it can be in human, and our boats, Woody Boats are the last of human boats. Hand made, flaws and all. And perfection is in the humanity of them. Case and Point, Stinky. And the Ramsey Bros Dart, they have a place now. This may also explain why shows and clubs are down, and gatherings and web sites are up. Facebook is not to blame, its a shift in how people see the world. Distance, in time and space can enhance anything beautiful. And Woody Boats are beautiful. Even the ugly ones are beautiful. Although I have never seen an ugly one.
Now, this is not to say that there are not Preservationists and artists all in the same time frame. It’s not just one thing. I recall a study done on Porsches. Some bought for racing, and some bought from a life long dream, and others buy them to look at them and pamper them.
Why even talk about this. Because understanding who our community is made up of, can make it a more fun place. And more inclusive, and welcoming. Not that we are not now. But think when your club has events, think about how your websites look and feel. And think about how your boat feels, and lives. The Artists are not really club belongers, and it’s far more than a boat, and they need our advice and open heart.
And most of all. A VOTE FOR SWEET PEA! Make Sweet Pea the first Trawler to win a Lake Tahoe Award