As we get back into Boat Show season, we also get back into judged events. For many the added Judging part is the little bit of fun to any event. It can be fun, and rewarding if you are the type of person that likes to push hard to make stuff perfect. Judging can also be a great way to learn more about your boat and it is a goal to work towards. But once you are deep into it, and we have all been there. Okay maybe just me, things can get murky real fast.
So we thought we would spend a couple days debating this. Why? Its not just click bait. It actually may make the sport of judged events more fun. So here goes.
Should your boat be judged based on the hull card, as in how it was built…OR.. As delivered to the original owner?
Here are the arguments.
- The cleanest way to judge is based on the manufactures build. It’s documented, and gives judges less subjectivity to deal with. Also many of the things done during the original build have been maybe changed over time and this sets the record straight for future generations. It makes perfect sense since our small community is about mass production and brands. We are not talking one off boat builds.
- The more interesting way to judge is based on how the boat was delivered, Thus allowing some variety and value on special boats. Many boats were delivered to dealers who ordered them and added stuff at the dealership which had a bit more profit built in, and allowed customers to have the boats more personalized. Unfortunately, documentation of this can be very difficult to obtain, if not impossible. Creating a grey area.
This week we will be discussing this in depth with specific cases that may cause you to think..mmm? Hey.. He does have a point. For example, here is one. my Barrel Back named Sylvia came from the factory with 2 bear claw vents. BUT when it was sold to the customer, the laws had changed, and two more vents were added at the dealer. Yup. Sylvia is the transition boat. The last built with bear claws and two of them. So? Whats correct? The hull card, or the boat as delivered. This is an easy one. Trust me its gonna get more murky. Happy Tuesday!