For years, I have always thought of classic boat shows as a dying trend. Well, I was dead wrong. Hey, it happens, and according to the Boatress, happens a lot! But I digress. With last years train wreck to our rhythm of life, we all got to experience something that many throughout the decades have not. Our lives got canceled. Like the Got Milk strategy of what life is like without something, can trigger the need for it, and answer many questions.
Some things, like business trips to far away places are never going to be missed again. Zoom replaced all that. Done, gone , goodby. Large sprawling cube farms in cold offices, gone. But seeing other humans, being outside, or home, or near home.. Here to stay.
BOAT SHOWS! If you look back, boat shows are part of boating life. They were reminders of summer joy, time off, and dreams. Family time and the opportunity to be exposed to “Boating” when you may not own one, but can. THATS a boat show. Come see the boats. Judging on the other hand adds a bit of a twist to some of the shows. And that’s okay with classic boats. But should not be for the awards, but for the opportunity to have your hard work looked at and appreciated. And possibly get some tips. Being judged has never been a nice thing. Having an expert go over my boat and give me tips. Always appreciated. And maybe at the end of a show. The Advisors can give universal tips and explain why one or more of the boats were appreciated. Ahhh hell, what do I know.
What I am sure about, is I miss you all very much, I miss the laughs, the spontaneous joy that happens when you just happen upon a pal, a new pal, and a new boat.. I have missed that for sure. I hope to see many of you again, this year at some of the shows.