This is so much fun.

You are not gonna like me today. I promise fun tomorrow.. So I was on the phone with a pal and we discussed the possibility of a big boat show this year. And it hit us both. PERFECT! Oh, I aint going, and neither is he, and forget her, she wasnt going anyway. But we will wait.. Here is the plan. Do the show. Which attracts “the age group most at risk” As in YOU reading this. Then many of you leave your protests and go, because it’s just a political play. Go ahead.. three weeks later.. BOATS FOR SALE CHEAP! Show boats.. Flooding the market. Here is how the ad would read.
“USED TO BE RARE BUT NOW FOR SALE BY ANGRY WIDOW. BEST OFFER! Will need to be disinfected, and left in a building for a month. Otherwise good to go.”

Just get it out of here

That’s how this plays out. As someone working on Healthcare messaging 24/7 I ASURE YOU THIS IS REAL STUFF. Healthcare workers are dying in insane statistical number and getting sick. This is a very very nasty virus that even if you don’t get it, can overwhelm the health system you rely on. Yes, in some areas things are calming down, and other areas growing. Just yesterday numbers doubled in Northern VA. This is going to be a way of life for at least two years. YES.. The new normal. If you have a Dr in your club, ask them. Use this story as an excuse. I am okay with that. I do care for you, I deeply care about your small business. I do want to go to a show.  I am in the same situation.  Bitch all you want, yell at me, it’s understandable. BUT. This is how all horror movies start

Be creative for all our sakes. Think outside of the show. I will help. We can brainstorm together and I will support any club that tries something different. And will NOT support your show if it goes on. in fact, I will remind people NOT TO GO!  And to the club that says screw you WoodyBoater, sure we will have a show. Can you advertise the boats that will be there and the angry future widows  names.. Asking for a friend.


18 replies
  1. Rick
    Rick says:

    Oh my God! Two possibilities, my wife sells it for what I told her it costs to restore it or she finds the original bills and curses me to hell. I think I need to shred some documents today.

  2. Matt
    Matt says:

    Oh, I had not thought of that. CRAP! And Jim and his twin engine sportsman is killing me! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  3. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    Just another example of why cruisers rule!!!!

    You can go out for a day, week, month, or year. Social distance and quarantine to your hearts content. Anchor out on remote islands and wave to all those poor people on shore who can’t go to a boat show.

    • Roy Runyon
      Roy Runyon says:

      Sounds great except our boat ramps in my city are closed to help “flatten the curve” and to prevent people from stealing TP from the restrooms!

  4. John Rothert
    John Rothert says:

    whirlwind ready to go back on trailer….off for time on the cruiser….new flip phone arrived….Going Boating.
    be safe all,
    John in Va.

  5. RiverRat
    RiverRat says:

    Thanks Matt, Your insane voice helps to inject sanity to the reality. Not the flu, not to be messed with, stay away from everybody. We will drive an hour and a half to get to a grocery store that will bring our order out to us. At least gas is cheap. Paid 98 cents a gallon the other day. Tell me that is not insane.

  6. Ned Protexter
    Ned Protexter says:

    Our show, (Lake Okoboji, IA) is just shy of three months away. as of now, we are planning on having it but that can change. Our thought process is that 90% of boats that come are already on lifts on the lake. I completely understand if we have cancellations from people who would be traveling and need to make travel plans but we probably wont call it off until the Forth of July and our show is on July 25th. To me it is premature to cancel everything this far out.

    • Troy in ANE
      Troy in ANE says:


      I agree that small shows should turn into “social distance gatherings” of boat owners. At the same time the larger shows have a LOT more prep work and will need to cancel early to avoid wasting money and man power.

      • Ned Protexter
        Ned Protexter says:

        Our show is in the 50 boat range where we do a cruise and dinner the day before the show and try to do something the day after the show as well. We just do it in a way that things can be flexible and we can make that call about 3 weeks out.

  7. BT
    BT says:

    Thank you Matt and all, We had a meeting last night to decide what to do with our 33rd annual Whitefish Chain Classic Boat Show which is scheduled for June 20th. Effective today, THE SHOW IS CANCELLED. If things change rapidly, we may have an unofficial show at The Fabulous Moonlite Bay (our usual location) on that Saturday. If not, hopefully we will see all of you at the August Show at Bar Harbor on Gull Lake and at our show on June 19th 2021. Stay Healthy. Regretfully, BT

  8. David Graham
    David Graham says:

    Lets have a virtual show.
    It could be huge if everyone sends in there favourite picture of there boat or boats.

    • RivaDella
      RivaDella says:

      I’m up for virtual show/s. WB can be the gathering point; we can all arrive in our classics, self-distancing at the same time. (saves on gas & travel costs too). I’ll even bring my boat that has not been out of the barn for 8 years! Matt, talk to your ISP about bumping up your server size! And choose a date; like 4th of July or? In the meantime, you can reach me at the Mansion with Hugh…..

  9. Dave Juergens
    Dave Juergens says:

    Hang in and be safe everybody!!! This emergency will pass and we will recover to our boats.
    The rogue Chinese Communists will ultimately suffer from their subterfuge. Chinese own: The U.S. debt to China was $1.09 trillion through February 2020.1 That’s more than 15% of the $7.06 trillion in Treasury bills, notes, and bonds held by foreign countries. The rest of the $24 trillion national debt is owned either by the American people or by the U.S. government itself.2
    So we should demand reparation to the amount of debt owned.

  10. Rob Cassell
    Rob Cassell says:

    There’s a particular pre-war triple that I’d love to bring back into the family someday – but not by flooding the market with angry widows…

    Matt’s right. This is real stuff. Thanks so much for reinforcing that message.

    SoCal isn’t the only ACBS Chapter experimenting with Virtual Boat Shows. There may be a few entertaining missteps along the way, but we are a group of diverse, talented, creative people. We WILL find ways to share our passion. Who knows, maybe we’ll finally be able to get that boat done before the next in-water boat show…

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